Wonderbound believes that art can serve as an instrument for social change. Our work in the community impacts over 25,000 individuals each year.
Built around the signature choreography of Artistic Director Garrett Ammon and the dynamic dancers, Wonderbound’s Community Education Programs serve 16,000 at-risk youth annually by providing interactive in-school performances to 39 schools throughout the Denver Metro area. Using collaboration as the core value for these programs, students journey into their own imaginations by creating new movement on their peers and the Wonderbound dancers. Wonderbound also presents in-theater performances for Title I schools at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School. This program provides many of these children their first opportunity to experience a live theater performance, and in the 2013-14 season, Wonderbound will offer these performances to 2,400 students.
This program is supported in part by: Noel and Terry Hefty, The Singer Family Foundation, and
Artistic Director Garrett Ammon conceived Project Generations as an ongoing, creative dialog with our elders with the goal of uncovering new artistic possibilities while creating experiences that increase physical, emotional and creative activity through dance. Through dance, the Wonderbound artists are engaging seniors in six assisted living and retirement communities across the Denver metro area. This process will include gathering stories and experiences from the residents that will result in a new multimedia dance production for Wonderbound’s main stage performance season. It is Wonderbound’s aspiration that other cities and towns will take the model that Wonderbound has created and customize it to serve the elderly in their individual communities.
This program is sponsored in part by: Herbert and Judy Paige Family Foundation
In March 2013, the company of Wonderbound moved to its new location at “Junction Box”, a 1920′s car garage at 1075 Park Avenue West in the heart of one of Denver’s most challenged neighborhoods at the doorway to River North Art District (RiNo). We have witnessed first-hand the positive, life-changing effects that our presence at Junction Box has brought to a community that is largely comprised of the poor and disenfranchised. The garage doors are transparent glass, and are open in the warmer weather, allowing the community to directly experience dance from Park Avenue West. This creates an open invitation for citizens to get involved in the work being created. Neighborhood residents are invited into the rehearsal space to see the creative and artistic collaborations unfold as they are developed. Wonderbound’s focus on the development and sharing of these collaborative artistic experiences has captured the imagination of the Denver community.
Pinnacle Charter School Partnership
One of Wonderbound’s longstanding collaborations is its partnership with Pinnacle Charter School. This unique relationship provides full-time professional theater management to the school in exchange for a permanent performance home. This five year partnership has not only proven beneficial to Pinnacle and Wonderbound, but also to the greater community. The theater now presents more than 30 groups annually. Additionally, Wonderbound has an professional technical theater internship program for Pinnacle High School students interested in learning about the various components of a theater. Interns receive lectures, the opportunity to work with local professional theaters and the ability to meet with the Wonderbound production team after every production to ask questions, get special insight into the performances and learn about the design processes. This season, two of these interns will also work behind the scenes at The Northglenn Youth Theatre (NYT) production of Shrek the musical. Wonderbound’s Production Manager and Technical Director work with 6-10 students per year to educate them on lighting, sound, rigging and theater maintenance with the hopes that these students decide to pursue a career in the theater.
For more information on Community Programs, please contact Dawn Fay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.292.4700.