The holidays will be a little brighter for twenty-five homeless students and their families this year. Thanks to a grant from the St. Johns Cultural Council, the Saint Augustine Ballet will be giving them the gift of the arts.
Saint Augustine Ballet received the grant on Wednesday, November 18, during a ceremony to recognize the nine organizations, artists, and schools that received a State of the Arts License Plate Grant to fund arts enrichment programs throughout St. Johns County.
The Ballet’s program called, A Home for the Holidays, will provide tickets for homeless families to attend a performance of The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 19. “We worked with Chris Stone, Homeless Liaison for the St. Johns County School District to help identify possible recipients,” explained Joy D’Elia, Saint Augustine Ballet’s Communication Director. “ In many cases, these families have left behind their old lives. We hope the opportunity to attend this traditional event will brighten the holiday season for the students and their families.”
Saint Augustine Ballet is also asking their audience members to bring a canned good with them when they attend The Nutcracker. The collected food will be donated to the St. Francis House Food Pantry.
Saint Augustine Ballet is a non-profit arts organization committed to offering professional quality ballet performances to the diverse population of St. Johns County. Their multi-generational casts are a blend of aspiring dancers from St. Johns and surrounding counties, community ‘celebrities’, and professional guest artists. For more information about Saint Augustine Ballet visit www.saintaugustineballet.com.