COMMUNITY ARTS PLAYING IN THE “BOX” AT BLACK BOX FOUNDATION

Community arts are alive and well in Pinal County thanks to nonprofit organizations such as Black Box Foundation. Although Black Box Foundation is celebrating five years, its journey started much earlier in a storefront on Florence Boulevard nearly eight years ago. Its mission has always been, “To enhance the quality of life of people in our community by providing them with opportunities to experience the arts through performance and education.”

Through a variety of shows, classes and performances, Black Box has been full steam ahead. Fast- forward seven years later and a location change to Historic Downtown Casa Grande as well as the addition of more community volunteers and a year-round offering of youth and community theatre education and performance opportunities, Black Box Foundation has become a recognized leader in the community for the performing arts.

In 2016, it received the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce “Business Excellence Award,” and in 2017 it was nominated for the Governor’s Arts Award. Black Box has a unique dedication to the youth of Pinal County, by offering a variety of youth theatre experiences, camps, improvisational acting and comedy classes and outreach to local schools by sponsoring after school programs.

When not busy with these opportunities, the organization is supporting local high school and college programs by promoting their performances and other community arts experiences. The foundation’s belief in support and collaboration has made them invaluable to the youth of our communities. Black Box Foundation has also proven to be versatile in staging high quality programs for all ages.

Whether a performance occurs in their intimate space downtown, at Heritage Hall or on the larger stage of a local high school, the performances are always high quality. Performers come away with positive experiences, and so do the audiences. One does not need to travel to any metropolitan area to find quality community arts, thanks to Black Box Foundation.

For more information on upcoming shows, or to become a volunteer or performer, visit  www.blackboxaz.org or contact BlackBox Foundation at 413 N. Florence Street Casa Grande, AZ 85122 or 520-428-7050.