Now in its fifth year, the showcase celebrates music, dance and art from some of Santa Barbara’s top performers The event raises awareness and funds to bring the arts to youngsters of all abilities. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here.
This year, Grace Fisher will bring together the most diverse mix of artistic talent yet, including the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra, Jackson Gillies, Will Breman, State Street Ballet Professional Track Dancers, Westmont Chamber Singers, Bar-back Boys, and UCSB Maurice Faulkner Quintet.
“Music has the innate ability to bring people and community together, and that has always been my wish for this event,” Fisher said. “I’m honored that so many talented musicians from all genres see the importance of this concert, and are excited to join together to perform for the Santa Barbara community, and help raise money to support access to the arts for all.
“It’s impossible not to be inspired and enlightened after an evening like this – it’s one of a kind, and we can’t wait to share it with you.”
The showcase program features a range of genres from modern to classical to folk, and some holiday favorites.
For the first time, this year’s event will highlight dance, featuring State Street Ballet’s Professional Track Dancers, who will perform an original piece composed by Fisher. The Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra will also perform a piece of original music composed by Fisher.
Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the Grace Fisher Winter Music Showcase. The arts are not only a vital means of self-expression but also help people cope with daily struggles. Since its inception in 2016, the Grace Fisher Foundation has worked to spread adaptive art, music, and dance to the special needs community.
To help support the Grace Fisher Foundation by sponsoring this event, or make a donation, click here.
Tickets for the Grace Fisher Winter Music Showcase can be purchased online here. All proceeds from the show benefit the Grace Fisher Foundation and its mission of bringing adaptive art, music and dance programs to children and young adults with disabilities.
Since her senior year in high school in 2014, when Fisher contracted a virus that spread to her spine, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down, she has dedicated herself to finding enlightenment and inspiring others through art and music.
In the days following her diagnosis of acute flaccid myelitis, Fisher was sent to Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Denver, Colorado, where she was introduced to music therapy and adaptive art. This not only helped strengthen her body but also helped heal her mind and soul.
After returning home, she was approached by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Santa Barbara. Her wish before she turned 18 was to help other children with disabilities through art and music.
This began Fisher’s legacy to pay it forward and lead others to a pathway through the arts, therapeutic movement, and creativity to help bring joy to those with physical and cognitive disabilities.
For more, visit gracefisherfoundation.org.