On June 19, a ceremony was held in Migdal HaEmek, Israel announcing that the Asper Performing Art Centre will be established. Building on the success of the Israel Asper Community Action Centre which is a partnership between The Asper Foundation, the community of Migdal HaEmek’s Youth Department and the Matnas for many years, the Centre will be created through support of The Asper Foundation in partnership with the Municipality.
The ceremony was attended by Gail Asper, President and Trustee of The Asper Foundation, Moe Levy, Executive Director of The Asper Foundation, Shai Abramson, The Asper Foundation representative in Israel, Eli Barda, Mayor of Migdal HaEmek, Shalom Zuzot, General Director of Migdal HaEmek, Orit Ze’evi, Director of the Migdal HaEmek Community Center (Matnas), Moshe Peretz, Head of the Municipal Youth Department, department heads from the Municipality, a representative of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, youth leaders, music teachers, families and children.
The beautiful Centre, which will be completed and opened for the new school year, will be a place of creativity, discipline and inspiration. All young people will have access and an opportunity to learn different genres of music and dance, to develop their vocal skills, and to learn advanced software programming in editing and sound. The Centre will be a stimulating learning environment which will enable children to achieve excellence. There will be high quality teaching that is immersive and joyful, with peer learning and regular performances. New musical ensembles and bands will be launched, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will send musicians to mentor groups and to perform for the community and artists’ workshops and tribute events will be offered.
Looking to deepen connections to community networks, the Asper Performing Arts Centre’s activities will reach well beyond the walls of the building. It will expose all the children and youth of Migdal HaEmek to the domain of music and dance. The Centre expects to enroll some 200 teenagers in its programs each year. As well, the musicians and dancers that learn at the Centre will be invited to perform at peak civic events and national festivals throughout the city.