Strengthening our community through the arts.
Military Family First Nights
Each year, more than 100 family members of deployed military personnel annually receive tickets to attend three Broadway performances. These families serve our nation at home, while loved ones are serving abroad and in order to honor that sacrifice this program provides them with exclusive opportunities including a meet-and-greet with the cast. The Military Family First Nights program was conceived by ASU Gammage Executive Director Colleen Jennings-Roggensack. As a daughter of a career military father, Colleen distinctly remembers trips to New York with her mother to get standing room only tickets to Broadway, opera and the ballet. To date, the Military Family First Nights program has provided more than 2,000 tickets to military families, active duty military and veterans.
Military Family First Nights are made possible in part by additional funding provided by Arizona Lottery and The Broadway League.
SHOWS FOR 16-17:
THE SOUND OF MUSIC • October 21, 2016
FINDING NEVERLAND • March 17, 2017
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME • June 23, 2017
Journey Home is an arts residency program designed to enable incarcerated women to discover a personal sense of constructive identity through performance, visual arts, creative writing and storytelling. Journey Home allows participants to develop tools and self-esteem that will help them make positive choices and encourage them to break the negative patterns that lead to incarceration. The program culminates in a performance in which the women perform their own choreography, display their visual arts and creative writing projects and tell their stories to community members and prison administration. Journey Home is conducted by local theater/storytelling artist Fatimah Halim of Life Paradigms and administered in collaboration with ASU Gammage.
Journey Home is sponsorsed by gifts from Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Arizona is now home for thousands of refugees from around the world who have been uprooted from their homes and forced to ﬂee from war or disaster. The International Rescue Committee helps these families rebuild their lives and resettle in their new communities, striving to become self-sufﬁcient. ASU Gammage partners with the IRC to involve refugee youth in the arts, providing opportunities to explore theater, dance and music. rescue.org
New Carpa Theater Co.
Since 2002, New Carpa Theater Co. (James E. Garcia, artistic director) has connected diverse communities with Latino and multi-cultural experiences. In 2006, ASU Gammage and Texas Performing Arts at UT-Austin co-produced Garcia’s VOICES OF VALOR. ASU Gammage continues to support New Carpa’s creation of new theater works. newcarpa.org
ASU Gammage partners with Act One to organize educational arts programming for Arizona’s underserved schools. Their Field Trip Programs engage students in performing arts learning opportunities that include classroom guides for teachers, transportation, and the inspiring experience of a live, professional performance. ASU Gammage and Act One are proud of a partnership that allows more students within our community to participate in meaningful arts education. act1az.org
Abbett Family Foundation
This year, ASU Gammage is excited to announce our initiative to connect Arizona communities and expand our reach to even more students, teachers and communities in the Greater Tucson area and throughout the state. This partnership with the Abbett Family Foundation enables funding specifically for schools outside the Greater Phoenix area to experience ASU Gammage’s unique and unparalleled Cultural Participation programs.