Worldwide Orphans (WWO) and Chicago Dance Institute (CDI) have a shared vision for providing high quality arts education programs and empowerment initiatives to the most vulnerable children. The WWO - CDI fundraiser at The Second City celebrates the unique intersection of the arts, children and international development at a quintessential Chicago performing arts venue. Both organizations share a core commitment to the arts and community participation, providing a unique opportunity for a corporate sponsor to be a leader in corporate arts philanthropy.
As a sponsor, your logo and branding will be featured [committed press releases, websites? in theatre signage on the night of the event].
The WWO and CDI PartnershipThe 2015 inaugural fundraiser helped fund important programming serving over 100 children in an orphanage where WWO provides broad support. A team of CDI teachers and musicians traveled to Kenscoff, Haiti in June 2015 for two weeks. During this time, over 20 local WWO volunteers were trained in CDI’s teaching pedagogy, and daily classes directly enriched the lives of over 100 children. The program culminated in a huge public performance attended by much of the local community. While our immediate emphasis is building our program in Haiti, our shared long-term intention is to create a program and training that can be replicated across all countries WWO serves. In addition to serving the children, we are committed to positive collaborations with local artists, musicians, and teachers that facilitate skills transfer and training.
About WWOWorldwide Orphans (WWO) works to transform the lives of orphaned children to help them become healthy, independent, productive members of their communities and the world. WWO’s Global Arts program specifically works to bring music and movement to orphaned and vulnerable children. WWO was founded in 1997 by Dr. Jane Aronson, a pediatric infectious disease and adoption medicine specialist, who has dedicated her life to working with children. WWO brings love, play, health care and hope to orphans and at-risk children through programs focused on attachment, early intervention, health care, sport and the arts. Through programs that address the needs of the whole child, WWO helps children to grow up to be healthy, happy, productive, independent citizens of their communities. WWO currently has programs in Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Haiti, Serbia, and Vietnam.
About CDIChicago Dance Institute (CDI) is a non-profit arts education organization founded by in 2008 to use dance and music as vehicles to promote social-emotional development in Chicago’s youth. Through in-school partnerships, residencies, and public performances, CDI operates as a catalyst to engage children and motivate them towards excellence. Inspired by the work of Jacques d'Amboise and National Dance Institute, CDI partners with Chicago Elementary Schools, both public and private, to provide arts programming as part of studentsʼ curriculum. All of our classes feature a lead teacher, assistant teacher, and live musician, and culminate in a performance. Our programs are provided completely free of charge to students. We endeavor to not just make the arts accessible to children that would otherwise not be afforded the opportunity, but to use dance and music as vehicles for self-discovery, discipline, confidence, and expression. CDI works with every child in a grade, including children with special needs and English Language Learners. Our unique pedagogy appeals to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.