2019-2020 Community Partnership Application

Application deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019.

kids dancingWhat is the mission of the Straz Arts Education Community Partnership

The purpose of the Straz Arts Education Community Partnership program is to develop ongoing, performing arts educational experiences community organizations and after-school programs. Through these unique partnerships, we work with each organization to design a curriculum that offers a variety of arts experiences for instructors, students and their families.


What is a Community Partner?

A community partner is a school, agency, community organization or after-school program selected by the Straz Center to develop performing arts educational experiences based on need and expressed commitment. Through these programs, community partners will gain true appreciation for the performing arts, and strengthen their arts education experience. 


How are community partners served by Straz Center?

The Patel Conservatory works with partner organizations to design and provide exceptional educational outreach experiences. Outreaches are defined as services we provide to you at your location or at the Conservatory: master classes, workshops, lecture/demonstrations, invitations to attend final dress rehearsals for performances as well as complimentary tickets for Straz Center or Patel Conservatory shows.


What is the partnership selection process?

Step 1 – Complete application
Step 2 – Interview 
Step 3 – Site Visit
Step 4 – Selection
**Not all organizations will make it through all four stages of the selection process**

What criteria are needed for an organization to apply?
  • Organizations applying for a partnership must be a community agency/organization, not-for-profit organization, or a school program that serves disadvantaged, underprivileged or underserved populations. 
  • If you are applying as a public school, you must be a Title 1 school to qualify for partnership. 
  • Charter or Private Schools who serve disadvantaged, underprivileged, or underserved students with a free or reduced lunch percentage of 50% or higher are also eligible for partnership. 
  • Organizations must have a dedicated space/location and on-site coordinator. The space must be conducive to learning and must accommodate movement for both dance and theater outreaches. On-site coordinator must be dedicated to the outreach and assist the Conservatory in student discipline and engaging parents for showcases when applicable.
  • Organizations must meet all insurance requirements of the Patel Conservatory and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Organizations must sign and comply with all areas of the partnership agreement, including but not limited to participant releases, program assessments, evaluations and site visits.


When are outreaches offered throughout the year?

Outreaches are offered between the months of September 2018 and May 2019. The duration, timing and scheduling of all outreaches are subject to partnership level and outreach availability. All dates are subject to change.

What if my organization is currently a partner or was a partner previously, do we need to re-apply?

Yes. All previous community partners must re-apply.

What if our organization is not selected as a Community Partner this year?  

organizations not selected may reapply next year and will automatically be placed on our contact waitlist if an opening becomes available. Please note that the Straz Center may not be able to accommodate all partnership applicants; however, we will make every effort to consider your organization as opportunities arise.

How can my organization apply and when is the deadline?

Applications are currently available. All applications must be received by Friday, April 5, 2019. 

For more information, contact our Community Programs Department at communityprograms@strazcenter.org or (813) 222-6425.

The Straz Arts Education Community Partnerships Program is funded in part by Bloomin’ Brands, The Broadway League, The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay South Shore Council, the Couch Family Foundation, Hard Rock Heals Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Cy and Joanne Spurlino/The Spurlino Foundation, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, T. Rowe Price Foundation, and the Triad Foundation.

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