Bloomingdale, Ballet team up for 'Midsummer Night's Dream' - March 03, 2009

Record Number: 4855
Displayed from: Mar 03, 2009 , until: Mar 29, 2009

The Fort Wayne Ballet is teaming up with Bloomingdale Elementary School for a two-year program to enrich the arts curriculum, increase student interest in the arts and develop a long-term relationship between the arts community and Fort Wayne Community Schools. The partnership is being supported by a $5,000 Indiana Arts Commission Education Arts Program Grant. As part of the connection, Bloomingdale students are working with the Ballet to produce butterfly props for the spring production of "Midsummer Night's Dream." Each Thursday, members of the Fort Wayne Ballet visit Bloomingdale after school to work on the props. They will continue working together until the production on March 28 and 29. "This partnership gives our students exposure to the arts that they might not otherwise have," Bloomingdale Principal Gale Powelson said. "We are looking forward to developing this relationship in the coming years."

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.