The Blue Ribbon

My favorite women’s organization in Los Angeles is the BLUE RIBBON.  The organization was founded in 1968 by Dorothy Chandler to raise funding  to construct the famed Music Center in downtown Los Angeles.  Five decades later, the Blue Ribbon continues its mission to support the arts by providing consistent and on-going financial support to five of LA’s top artistic institutions: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Center Theater Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Glorya Kaufman presents Dance at the Music Center.  The Blue Ribbon also provides support for children’s education at the Music Center as well as presenting the annual Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival in which fifth-graders from all over the greater Los Angeles area are invited to attend a live arts performance.  To date over 700,000 students have participated.

 

The Blue Ribbon Children's Festival

 

This year marked the 44th annual children’s festival and was chaired by Mary Ann Hunt-Jacobsen, Blue Ribbon president Carla Sands, and Lynelle Wagner.

 

The Blue Ribbon Children's Festival

 

Students were treated to a live performance by the incredible Paul Taylor Dance Company.

 

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I had the opportunity to watch the performance alongside the students and the reaction from this young crowd was thrilling.  They went wild!   For many, this was their very first experience attending a live performance.   Afterwards, they were led out onto the Music Center plaza to perform a choreographed dance routine.  And oh did they dance!

 

The Blue Ribbon Children's Festival

 

This was one very happy group of students!

 

The Blue Ribbon Children's Festival

 

The ladies of the Blue Ribbon serve not only artists and students, but they serve the entire community by ensuring that the arts are alive and well in Los Angeles.

 

The Blue Ribbon Children's Festival

 

In its lifetime, The Blue Ribbon has raised over 72 million dollars for the arts.  An amazing achievement and an amazing group of women.

 

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