"I use the holiday season to teach the students about Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker every year I don't think that anything replaces the value of going to a performance. Most of our students will probably never have the opportunity to see a live ballet performance. Not only were the kids learning about our composer, Tchaikovsky, but they also got to experience the joy of watching a live performance and be a part of an audience."
Chris Hamby, Director of Education and Outreach
Theater Works/ Youth Works
"Act One is such an important organization in the Valley. They are working to expose students to the arts and educate them that a theater experience is much more than just watching a performance on stage."
(Students preparing for an upcoming performance in a classroom workshop)
Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education
"To succeed today and in the future, America's children will need to be inventive, resourceful, and imaginative. The best way to foster that creativity is through arts education."
Marjorie Paez, Kindergarten Teacher, Montebello A+ School
"A live performance opens their world and makes the connection that 'I can do this too!"
Greg Stanton, Mayor - City of Phoenix
"Arts education for children is critical to developing well-rounded adults. Learning to appreciate and express our common humanity and different cultures gives meaning to life... Act One's work in engaging young students in the arts can transform and change the trajectory of lives."
Camden, Teacher, Clarendon School
"Prior to attending the Act One funded performance, our students read, compare and predict and then the theater opens a whole new dimension!"