"School to Stage" Dance Program Coming to Crocker

The 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans Sponsor 25 Students For Inaugural School to Stage Program

NEW ORLEANS -  The 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans along with the New Orleans Ballet Theatre and Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep are committed to increasing access to quality arts education in New Orleans. Together, they will offer a pilot "School to Stage" program at Crocker where 25 students in grades 3 through 5 will be exposed to dance performances and receive dance instructions from NOBT
instructors.

"Arts enrichment programs are very important to the members of 100 Black Men and we are pleased to be able to partner with the New Orleans Ballet Theatre and Crocker College Prep to provide a pilot program such as this one," says Jonathan Wilson, President of 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans. "It is our hope that this will inspire a new generation to love and appreciate the arts and encourage other organizations to develop avenues to provide similar enrichment programs to elementary schools
throughout New Orleans."

The "School to Stage" pilot program will run during the 2016-2017 school year. The 100 will purchase ballet attire and equipment for 25 students including leotards, tights, ballet slippers, a portable barre, and will also pay all other fees associated with the program.

"We are so excited and thankful to 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans for supporting the growth of our dance program. Exposure is one of the ways we are closing the achievement gap," says Amanda Aiken, Principal of Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep. She continues, "We are blessed to be able to offer ballet to our students as a result of this donation. This will allow our dancers to be exposed to a new art form. We appreciate their investment in helping prep our scholars for college and for life!"

Executive Director of the New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Andrea Moreno says, "New Orleans Ballet Theatre, 100 Black Men of New Orleans, and Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep have a shared commitment to empowering communities through excellent art. It is this vision that has led us to design the "School to Stage" program, a partnership which will give kids across this city access to the excellent dance opportunities they have often been systematically denied."

"We are grateful for the partnership and generosity from 100 Black Men to enhance the school experience for our children at Crocker. The arts are a very important part of New Orleans College Prep's educational program as we prepare our students for college and life beyond. This donation from 100 Black Men will touch the lives of children for years to come," Ben Kleban, Founder and President of New Orleans College Prep.

For more information about the School to Stage pilot program please visit www.100blackmennola.org or call 504-208-9337.