The Buckhannon Opera House extends an invitation to underserved youth, adults and families to participate in the artistic and cultural continuum of our community. We are extending this invitation because we believe everyone in our community should have access to the social capital and transformative experiences made possible through the performing arts. In partnership with Buckhannon area social service organizations, and with the support of the program’s sponsors, we are working to remove the barriers preventing people from joining us.
The primary focus of the program is to reduce cost of admission to certain events because we believe the opera house should be accessible regardless of economic standing or the ability to pay. The program also seeks to reduce or eliminate other barriers, including transportation, social isolation and health. We administer the program in partnership with social service organizations because we believe they are best suited to identify those who are in greatest need of our support and who will benefit the most from participating. In concert with our Open Invitation partners, we are continuously evaluating the impact of the program.