On October 5, 2022, BAC hosted their 9th annual Performing Arts Showcase at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts. One hundred thirty-five (135) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students performed representing eight (8) middle, junior and senior high schools from Brevard Public Schools along with nineteen (19) adults with disabilities from BAC’s Adult Day Training (ADT) program.

Each year, student performers step onto the King Center’s main stage, many for the first time, to either act, sing or dance. In preparation for the showcase, students practiced over eight weeks thanks to the guidance, encouragement, inspiration, and motivation they received from local professional teaching artists. The result is a spectacular and heartfelt celebration, which is also attributed to the dedicated members of BAC’s Arts Advisory Council who continue to cultivate and create opportunities that are more accessible and inclusive to artists with disabilities.

“BAC is proud to provide a platform and amplify the voices of our diverse artists by tapping into the power of the performing arts to bring people together,” said Arts Program Manager, Lee Sorensen. “It is a priority for us to highlight the unique bonds formed through the creative process and we are grateful to partner with Brevard Public Schools to showcase all the incredible talent and dedication of our students with disabilities.”

This year’s Performing Arts Showcase was free and open to the public with over five hundred (500) people in attendance. Concluding the event, a special thank you was given to all the sponsors, instructors, educators, volunteers, families, and individuals who gave of themselves and supported or impacted the lives of each performer. An encore presentation is currently available online at https://bacemploy.com/performing-arts-showcase/

Jennifer Perini