BTAC exists to provide high quality performing arts, visual arts, and arts education programs, and to welcome and nurture talent.

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) is often called a “hidden gem” of the Twin Cities arts community. While we may not be as well-known as some of our peers, we are increasingly recognized both locally and nationally for the excellence of our programs. In July, we were awarded a prestigious $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to incorporate the work of visual artists in the development plan for the South Loop District of Bloomington. In September, our performing arts program was honored when Michael Matthew Ferrell won an Ivey award for best choreography for our production of Singin’ in the Rain.

In each of our core disciplines – performing arts, visual arts, and arts education – we strive to provide audiences with extraordinary experiences that entertain, educate, and inspire. We also are committed to developing talented artists through distinctive experiences that stimulate their artistic and professional growth. For example, Erik Pearson, who is shown above during our recent Bloomington Mapworks III exhibition, has just been selected by VEAP, which operates the largest food shelf in Minnesota, to work with their clients and volunteers to create a large mural for the exterior of their new building.

Because we are located in the municipally-owned Bloomington Center for the Arts, many people don’t realize that BTAC is an independent nonprofit organization. Ticket sales and class fees cover only a portion of what it costs to provide arts programs of the highest caliber. We need charitable contributions to bring exceptional stage productions and exhibitions to life, to help artists create their best work, and to send teaching artists into schools, libraries, and senior centers. With a single gift to BTAC, you can help thousands of children and adults from all walks of life discover the joy of participating in the arts.

Thanks to matching gifts from Allan and Debby Schneider and BTAC Board President Mark Eaton, your gift will have TWICE as much impact on November 14, so please support BTAC generously on Give to the Max Day!

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