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Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Expands Creative Arts for Resilience and Expression (CARE) Program
with New Dance Class for Youth in High-Risk Environments

SANTA ROSA, CA (December 7, 2023) — Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced it has added a new dance class to its Creative Arts for Resilience and Expression (CARE) program at Caritas Village, providing arts experiences for youth from high-risk environments.

In partnership with Catholic Charities, LBC launched CARE last spring with a weekly drop-in drama class for children of families who receive housing and support services at the homelessness services center. Because it involves the art of improvisation, drama allows the center’s drop-in students to join a day’s activity any time in the semester and not feel left behind.

“Dance is the logical next addition for the program,” said Ashleigh Worley, Director of Education and Community Engagement. “It provides students a physical outlet for tension and stress held in the body, and by leaning into our strong cadre of dance instructors, we’re able to provide one more way to support the students’ emotional and cognitive development, self-confidence, communications skills, and joy.”

LBC will run two dance classes for students in grades 4 – 12 as well as 3rd grade and under. Currently, LBC runs two drama classes for these age groups during the school year.

Caritas Village is Sonoma County’s largest homelessness services center. It was opened last year by Catholic Charities, a non-profit that serves and advocates for vulnerable people of all cultures and beliefs, prioritizing people experiencing poverty. Because homelessness can have a particularly disruptive impact on childhood learning, Caritas’ services emphasize housing for families in dire need as one of several early intervention programs intended to keep children from returning to the center as adults. Other programs include learning support.

About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 230 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving more than 50,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 800 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain. For more information, visit lutherburbankcenter.org.

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