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Burton Family Foundation offers $100K to Act One VR endeavor

Photo of art produced by Act One students
The work of one of Act One’s featured artists, Sentrock, who was born and raised in Phoenix. (File Photos/

Act One VR Arts Program sparks creativity for digital natives

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

Act One, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing access to the arts for Arizona’s students and families, has received a $100,000 grant from the Burton Family Foundation.

This substantial gift will help support a new season of content for Act One’s curated, groundbreaking virtual reality arts program, according to a press release.  

“As we build on the success of the VR program in reaching schools, children and communities who have geographic limitations to in-person arts experiences, we recognize the need to offer a new season of content for the VR field trip program” says Bernadette Carroll, executive director of Act One. “We are deeply appreciative of the Burton Family Foundation’s commitment to access and education and will apply this generous grant toward the creation of new arts and cultural experiences for Arizona’s Title I students through the use of this exceptional technology.”

Act One provides arts experiences that enhance the academic and creative potential of children and families. The nonprofit makes the arts accessible to thousands of children and families in Arizona each year through field trips for pre-K-12 students from Title I schools, the VR Arts Immersion program and the Culture Pass program, according to a press release.

The $100,000 Burton Family Foundation grant will enable Act One to develop season two of the VR arts program which will launch in late Spring of 2023. The funds will also be used to replace headsets and enable an upgrade to the technology. The eventual goal of Act One’s VR program is to build a five-season content library where teachers can differentiate their program needs based on age, grade and subject area.

“We are pleased to be able to provide a $100,000 grant to Act One,” says Christy Burton, chair of The Burton Family Foundation. “It is an honor to partner with and support this impactful organization as they provide arts education through virtual reality technology to Arizona’s Title I students.”

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