Fostering the development of talent and an appreciation of the performing arts in young people has been integral to TEF's mission since its earliest days. We are dedicated to mentoring the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts through outreach programs.
TEF debuts the Family Series in 2016-17 -- three Saturday concerts aimed at children and families. On Oct. 22, join us at MacIntyre Park for Music @ the MAC, a free-for-all outdoor concert featuring Garnet and Brass and Bleu Burden. Pack a picnic basket and bask in the fall weather from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. On Feb. 18 at 2 pm, we present The Cashore Marionettes -- engineering marvels that depict an amazing array of lifelike emotion and movement in poignant vignettes set to beautiful classical compositions. Adult admission: $10. Children: Free. A workshop for middle-schoolers through adult ages will follow; registration required. Finally, bring the whole family -- toddlers to grandparents -- for a rip-roaring hour of good fun with Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop. Yes, the award-winning Lamb Chop is back! Adult admission: $10. Children: Free. A sock puppet workshop for youngsters will follow the performance. Please register in advance. Don't miss it! For more information, phone the TEF office at 229-226-7404.
TEF has assisted more than thirty promising students in their pursuit of excellence in the performing arts. TEF scholarship and travel-grant recipients broadened their artistic horizons at prestigious summer institutes around the globe, and some have gone on to prestigious careers in the arts. One of them is now a TEF Trustee: Raymond Hughes used his 1969 scholarship to study piano at Brevard Music Center and subsequently held prominent positions with opera companies, including seventeen years as Chorus Master for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Thomasville Performing Arts Concert-- Co-sponsored by TEF, Thomas University and Thomasville Center for the Arts, this opportunity is open to high school students who live or study in Thomas County. Scholarships worth up to $1,000 may be awarded for piano, vocal and instrumental performance. Applications deadline is Feb. 6, 2017. Forms and details are available at https://thomasvillearts.wufoo.com/forms/p1dhlo6w0fmp299/.
Early exposure to the arts can become a lifelong love affair--precisely the reason TEF underwrites the cost of concert tickets for any enrolled student. Still just $15, the discounted ticket price makes concert attendance affordable to a wide audience.
TEF reaches out to students of all ages with special performances and workshops. Since the 1940s, thousands have enjoyed broad exposure to performing arts productions such as ballet, Austrian marionettes, Shakespeare plays, opera, jazz and chamber music.
Tickets for Teens
Through a partnership with the Thomasville Antique Show Foundation, TEF invites performing arts teachers to recommend students to receive complimentary concert tickets. A professional musician leads the students in a lively pre-concert Chat Room, discussing composers, artists, musical selections and concert etiquette. Giving students this experience may inspire them to set and attain their personal performance goals.
A Cause Worth Supporting
In a time when financial hardships force schools to curtail arts education, community-based outreach programs such as TEF's can fill the gap with enriching opportunities outside the classroom. As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of supporters to fund these worthwhile educational efforts. If you would like to contribute to arts education, please consider a tax-deductible gift to the TEF Endowment Trust, P.O. Box 1976, Thomasville, Georgia 31799.