Over the years, the Basie has made strides to transforn from a regional theater to a true cultural arts center. To help promote these efforts, we are proud to now call ourselves the Count Basie Center for the Arts! Even though our name has changed, the mission is still the same: to inspire, educate and entertain through our distinct and engaging cultural and artistic offerings that reflect the diversity of the region.
Arts Education is paramount to all that the Count Basie Center for the Arts stands for. The Basie strives to provide students with a quality education by advancing creativity, encouraging diversity, forging connections and promoting communication through the arts. Our school bus in programs, our on-campus classes at the Performing Arts Academy, and our innovative mindALIGNED initiative all work together to ensure that children of all ages and abilities can access quality arts education-be it in the classroom, theater or community.
Just as our classrooms and teaching artists are busy throughout the day, there is rarely is there a night when the Basie Center isn't buzzing with show-stopping peformances! Since it's construction in 1926, our theater has been providing the region with the highest queality of entertainment around - be it a rousing rock concert, hilarious comedians, Broadway productions, or anything in between. The Count Basie Center for the Arts has something for everyone!
All of this, everything that we do, is possible because of gifts made by community members like you. Make a donation today through the OceanFirst Charity Challenge and you'll not only be supporting the Basie's mission, you will be part of a historic moment in our evolution!
ENTERTAIN - every $50 gift gets you a Basie branded Popsocket
EDUCATE - every $75 gift will get you Basie branded notebook
INSPIRE - Every $100 gift will get you a Basie branded coffee mug
Finally, make ANY gift during the challenge and the Count Basie Center for the Arts will donate a musical instrument to a partner school to ensure any child can have a quality arts education.