2009.06.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Sarah Casey - University Relations
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Black Studies and Local Arts Organization to Present Theatrical Benefit
Omaha - Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Growing and Building Together Academy of the Arts (GBT) is back on stable wings with its production of "Through the Fire," a live theatrical presentation in collaboration with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Black Studies.
"Through the Fire" will be performed in three acts on Thursday, July 2, at 7 p.m. at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus. Each act will showcase the diverse talents of GBT participants. Event ticket prices are $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors 65 and over, and $25 for students with valid identification. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit GBT, which was victimized by arson in June 2008.
The presentation of "Through the Fire" will aid in the restoration of the academy building located at 1502 N. 52nd St. It will also provide support for year-round after school and summer arts programs. It was created in collaboration with the UNO Department of Black Studies as a multicultural, interdisciplinary program geared toward increased community awareness of the artistic ability of GBT Academy participants.
“The Department of Black Studies takes great pleasure in collaborating with GBT Academy of the Arts in their 1 st Annual “Through the Fire” program,” said Omowale Akintunde, chair of the UNO Black Studies Department. “The department is committed to community organizations that strive to increase community awareness and outreach.”
Individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available through charitable donations, the purchase of advertisement space in the program booklet, the donation of event tickets for disadvantaged youth or the elderly, or through the allocation of scholarships for GBT students.
The mission of GBT Academy of the Arts is to equip our youth with the character values of respect, discipline, teamwork, perseverance and leadership through diverse forms of artistic expression. These values help develop the whole individual, transitioning them through the performing state to the stage of life. Over the course of its 30 years, the Academy has produced more than 250 programs. These programs have evolved into comprehensive, artistic productions which include, but are not limited to dance, music, theater, costume and set design, creative writing, visual arts, media arts and life skills.
To purchase event tickets or to become a sponsor, visit GBT online at www.gbtacademyofthearts.org/donate . For additional inquiries, call (402) 933-5949 or (402) 871-8254.
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