Growing the Arts in Gilbert!

Building Bridges

A Special Project of the Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education at the HCPA

The 7th Annual Building Bridges Program 

Building Bridges 2016

Emily Evans & Elaine Kessler 


Building Bridges Ambassadors

Gilbert Mayor John Lewis
Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh
Sue & Jamie Sossaman


Committee Members

Laura Barnes
Marty Tomljenovic
Kristy Vargas


The music of three-time Grammy Award winner Tom Chapin serves as the platform for the Building Bridges Program.  Tom Chapin’s music is a powerful tool that teachers can integrate into their existing curriculum during the school year to teach life lessons about: diversity, anti-violence, healthy choices, respect, and environmental responsibility through the songs.

The program culminates with the students being transported to the Higley Center for Performing Arts on February 1st or 2nd, 2016 to experience a live concert performance starring Tom Chapin.  The program, concert, and transportation are provided free to the participating classrooms. 

The Foundation for Arts, Culture & Education at the HCPA secures community sponsors who believe in Arts Education so the program expenses are completely underwritten. To be a Building Bridges Sponsor or sign-up a classroom to participate email Debbie at .

Classroom Sign-up Form               Sponsorship Levels

Building Bridges Photos