Cal Performances’ Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp: Winners of the First Bell Youth-in-the Arts $5,000 Grant

Posted September 4, 2013

Part of making a good life happen for me, is bringing plenty of music, dance, and other live performances into my life – plays, dance, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, jazz, occasional opera, stand-up comedy and more.

I love the excitement that fills a venue – and my own insides – when everyone quiets down, the lights dim, and it’s curtain time. I always know I’m about to enjoy something, but I never know when I will be taken by surprise and completely blown away by the thing I am about to see. Once in a while it happens, and sudden tears fill my eyes, because I know I am seeing something I will never forget! When that happens, I think about how grateful I am that I didn’t miss it. I think about all the forces that must have been at work to get me there on just the right day and just the right time! I could have been otherwise committed, been too tired, or forgotten.

On Thursday, August 1, in Zellerbach Playhouse on the U.C. Berkeley campus, the stars aligned, and I had one of those rare experiences while attending the final performance of the graduates of Cal Performances’ Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp 2013 (underserved youth ages 11-14), winners of the 2012 Bell Youth-in-the-Arts Grant.

To learn more about AileyCamp, visit their website here.

To find out how to apply for the 2013 Bell Youth-in-Arts Grant, please see the below video and visit the community page of our website. Applications are due by September 13!

Our dear Bonnie Bonetti-Bell was the force behind our Career/Life Coaching services, until her passing in 2019. As a principal of our firm, Bonnie had an innate talent for seeing the best in people. Moreover, she helped others see the best in themselves. Bonnie is fondly remembered and deeply missed.

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