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Vail International Dance Festival announces Community Arts Access program

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The Community Arts Access program is being introduced during the 2016 Vail International Dance Festival season to further the festival's commitment to making the arts accessible and available to anyone and expose the art of dance to new audiences.

VAIL — The Vail International Dance Festival announced this week the launch of its outreach pilot program, Community Arts Access. In conjunction with artistic director Damian Woetzel's 10th anniversary, Community Arts Access will partner with cross-sector community organizations including nonprofit, educational, religious, governmental and other agencies to distribute free tickets to each of the performances of the festival.

This opportunity is being introduced during this year's season to further the Vail International Dance Festival's commitment to making the arts accessible and available to anyone and expose the art of dance to new audiences. Community Arts Access' mission is to provide complimentary tickets to performances, thus eliminating socioeconomic barriers to access.

'Unparalleled Celebration of Dance'

"The Vail International Dance Festival has a long history of bringing the world's finest dancers and choreographers to Vail," Woetzel said. "The Community Arts Access program is a unique outreach initiative that will provide a variety of experiences to the community through the art of dance. I'm excited to bring this unparalleled celebration of dance to new audiences and watch them be inspired."

This program builds on existing Vail International Dance Festival outreach programs, which offer free performance tickets to local children. Festival tickets are distributed through local partners and offer premier seating throughout the season, July 30 through Aug. 13, at both festival venues, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.

Community Arts Access will coordinate its efforts with the Salvation Army, YouthPower365, Eagle River Youth Coalition, The Literacy Project, The Vail Valley Charitable Fund and Roundup River Ranch.

Support the program

For more information on Community Arts Access, contact Cathy Heller at cheller@vvf.org or click on “Support the Festival” at http://www.vaildance.org. For information about making a donation to the program or to sponsor a family, contact Martha Brassel at mbrassel@vvf.org or 970-777-2015.