Community Impact

FSBT has a range of programs, from weekly classes to professional productions to community outreach programs, which all contribute to a healthy society. Here's a snapshot of FSBT's impact on citizens, communities and the economy.

Citizens: promoting healthy minds and bodies

-FSBT’s ballet classes promote the emotional, physical and intellectual health of our students ages -5-65+.
-Ballet is exercise for the mind, body and spirit.
-FSBT’s educational outreach programs develop life skills that contribute to students’ future career success.
-Young people who participate in the arts at least three hours, three days each week for a full year are*:

-4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
-3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools.
-4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair.
-3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance.
-4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem.

-Compared with their peers, young artists:

-Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times more often.
-Participate in youth groups nearly four times more often.
-Read for pleasure nearly twice as often.
-Perform community service more than four times as often.

Communities: Enriching lives and connecting people

-Arts promote vibrant communities.
-Arts inspire and promote individual creativity.
-Arts help us understand the world.
-Arts connect us and create a rich environment that blends backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures.

Economies: Stimulating business vitality and growth

-FSBT performances brings tourist dollars to businesses and municipalities in all three Delaware counties.
-The arts are essential to the psychic, educational, and economic vitality of neighborhoods. They enhance community development, create jobs, spur urban renewal, attract new businesses, draw tourism dollars and create an environment that attracts skilled and educated workers.
-The U.S. nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $135.2 billion annually—$61.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and an additional $74.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences.
-Engaging FSBT's diverse audiences helps you build market share, enhance your brand and reach new customers.

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-“Living the Arts through Language Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations," Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts Monograph, November 1998”