Act One Receives $25,000 Grant from Thunderbirds Charities to Support In-Person & VR Field Trip Programs

Act One, a local nonprofit organization that provides access to the arts for Arizona’s students and families, is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities. This impactful gift will help support Act One’s in-person and virtual reality field trip programs in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

“We appreciate the generosity of Thunderbirds Charities” says Bernadette Carroll, executive director of Act One. “Through both in-person and virtual reality field trips, this grant will facilitate the creation of new arts and cultural experiences for Arizona’s Title I students.”

Act One provides meaningful arts experiences that enhance the academic and creative potential of children and families. The nonprofit makes the arts accessible to thousands of children and families in Arizona each year through its in-person and VR field trips for pre-K-12th grade students from Title I schools.

“We are honored to partner with Act One on behalf of Arizona’s students,” says Michael Golding, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “The opportunity to ensure that all students have equal access to arts education, both in-person and through virtual reality technology, is vitally important.”

The $25,000 Thunderbirds Charities grant will enable Act One to develop season two of the VR arts program which will launch in late Spring of 2023. The funds will also be used to replace headsets and enable an upgrade to the technology. The eventual goal of Act One’s VR program is to build a five season content library where teachers can differentiate their program needs based on age, grade and subject area.

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This grant is part of the Fall 2022 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees.