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Naples Performing Arts Center

Established in 2012, The Naples Performing Arts Center provides excellence in arts education through a diverse curriculum, while fostering creativity, building self-esteem, developing our students’ love for the arts and equipping them with life skills. All students, regardless of their ethnicity, intellectual capabilities and financial status should have the opportunity to participate in the arts and develop these life skills. NPAC was founded by Lori Oliver, Founder & Artistic Director in 2012. She believed in providing the community with a venue for children to have access to performing arts education.

NPAC offers the School of Dance, the School of Drama & the School of Music where students can develop their skills and talents. NPAC offers a year round one-of-a-kind program for all people with physical or mental disabilities. The “I’m a Star” program gives students with intellectual challenges numerous opportunities to be “Stars” and shine on the stage. Every week they are challenged with their music theory curriculum, vocal and acting classes, and specially
designed choreography. Every child should have the opportunity to be a STAR!

NPAC also has the privilege to go into our local classrooms and fill the gap where the arts programs have been taken out. Oliver spent a considerable amount of time in Immokalee seeing the complete lack of artistic opportunities. She taught them how to audition and awarded 20 gifted children the opportunity to train at NPAC. We are honored to have students from Immokalee High participating in our current production of “Hairspray” with 100%scholarships! NPAC has provided transportation to our theater and back two times a week for each of these
students. These young people are incredibly talented and they have huge dreams to be singers, piano players, stage performers – but they do not have the resources to receive the training to accomplish those dreams. Many of these students never could have imagined that a place like NPAC would believe in them enough to give them these kinds of opportunities.

With the help and support of our community, we can make these dreams come true for these children. This is just the beginning of what NPAC is going to do. We hope you catch the vision and join with us in making the difference in the lives of so many children.

In 2015 NPAC became a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization. Now we can offer performing arts education to all people in the SWFL community!

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