Diversity Project for Cultural Arts

Sep 26, 2011


Diversity Project for Cultural Arts
by Jeremy Parker
The Daily News
September 12, 2011


"New Ballet Ensemble is another example of how Memphis is charting a new course for cultural arts. Established in 2002, the school sprang from founder Katie Smythe’s vision to offer children from various socio-economic and racial backgrounds the benefits of ballet training on the level that was traditionally reserved for those who could afford the best. Its mission is to provide opportunity for all with the core beliefs that children from different backgrounds can and should enrich each other’s lives, arts education should address the whole child, all students should dance regardless of their ability to pay, and dance training opens pathways to college."

Complete article.


Watch New Ballet Ensemble performing "Ubuntu" at the Civil Rights Museum. This performance was streamed live to New York City as part of Interdependence Day on September 12, 2011.