The Northwest Florida Ballet participates in a variety of community outreach initiatives including performances for local special needs groups and providing curriculum for educators.

NFB also celebrates National Arts in Education Week, which recognizes the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week that follows the second Sunday of September as National Arts in Education Week.

In 2021 we celebrate this week of advocacy, creativity and more September 12-18!

Our commitment to providing rich and varied educational experiences remains unwavering. The arts have played an important role in these tumultuous times and will continue to do so for all students, including the traditionally underrepresented, those with special needs, and from low-income families. As states and schools continue working through multiple challenges in the years ahead, arts education must remain central to a well-rounded education and be fully funded to support the wellbeing of all students and the entire school community.

  • EQUALITY: Our country faces an issue of access due to local control and school-based decision-making. Therefore, we work to secure equity in access to arts education and articulate the role of the arts as a pathway to success for all, specifically in the education of students of color, students in rural communities, students who are classified as low-SES, English Language Learners, or those who require special education.
  • WELLBEING: Arts education supports the social and emotional well-being of students. The arts, with their strong emphasis on team-building and self-reflection, are supremely suited to re-ignite students’ interest in learning through collaboration, while simultaneously fostering creativity, critical thinking, and communication.
  • SCHOOL CULTURE: Arts education nurtures the creation of a welcoming school environment where students can express themselves in a safe and positive way. Celebrating our ability to come together as educators and students are vital to creating a healthy and inclusive school community.

From Arts Is Essential, published by Americans for the Arts.

This year, celebrate Arts in Education Week by supporting the Academic Classroom Capital Campaign for the NFB Académie.

Designed to nurture those in classical ballet for careers as professional artists while inspiring all students to pursue an enriched life, the NFB Académie serves as a cultural anchor and economic driver in our community. Our Capital Campaign was launched to assist NFB in securing much-needed classroom space and the necessary renovations to the space.

Visit the Capital Campaign page to learn how you can support our fundraising efforts!