Among the highlights of the ArtsBridge year is the annual presentation of the Shuler Hensley Awards at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre to the best in Georgia High School Musical Theatre. (Courtesy of the ArtsBridge Foundation)

ArtsBridge Foundation in Cobb announces new programming

In anticipation of the new school year, ArtsBridge Foundation has announced its 2019-20 lineup of arts education programming available to K-12 students, teachers and parents through field trips, family programs, master classes and professional development options.

Created in 2007 as the nonprofit education division of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre – also the venue for ArtsBridge programming, the ArtsBridge Foundation engages nearly 35,000 students annually with subjects spanning music, math, dance, science, live theater, literature, social studies and poetry, according to a foundation statement.

Performances include regional and internationally renowned tour companies, singers, dancers, artists and actors, each engaging youths with age-appropriate content.

“The ArtsBridge Foundation’s array of family, field trip and master class events provide something educational and entertaining for every age group we engage,” said Jennifer Dobbs, executive director of the ArtsBridge Foundation.

“ArtsBridge field trips are tied to the Georgia Standards of Excellence,” Dobbs said, “and we invite public, private and home-schooled students, teachers and parents to experience our programming that best suits their curriculum and interests.

“Our master classes provide professional and personal development opportunities, and the family programs and field trips provide a memorable introduction to the joy and magic of live performance art,” Dobbs added.

Since its inception in 2007, ArtsBridge has served more than 380,000 students and educators from 67 Georgia counties and students from five bordering states.

Also, the ArtsBridge Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, hosts the annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards program.

A part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Jimmy Awards®, the Georgia awards are named in honor of actor/singer and Marietta native Shuler Hensley, winner of the Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award.

Since 2009, the awards program has served more than 60,000 students from 118 schools in Georgia, growing from 13 schools in that first year to a record-breaking 75 schools this year.

The televised show won the 2018 and 2019 Southeast Emmy® Award for “Special Event Live Coverage.”

Information for 2019-20: ArtsBridge Foundation at 770-916-2805 or

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