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.
The TEF Family Series is a slate of family-friendly weekend performances designed to reach younger audiences. Educational components and hands-on experiences are often integrated into the performances. A primary goal of the Family Series is to expose audiences to rich, robust programming at times, settings and locations that are easily accessible for families with young children, providing quality entertainment that people of all ages will enjoy. Admission is free.
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.
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.
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 and prizes worth up to $1,000 may be awarded for piano, vocal and instrumental performance. Watch for application forms and deadlines to be released soon. For information, phone 229-226-7404.
Tickets for Teens
Through a partnership with the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation and with a generous grant from an anonymous donor, TEF invites students to receive complimentary concert tickets. A professional musician or music educator 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.