20 Jun 2017

BCG on The Rivard Report

We’re proud to share an article featured on Rivard Report about Blanchard Creative Group’s collaboration with Las Casas Foundation on 2017’s Joci Awards at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater. Special thanks to Katherine Stinson for the fabulous article and her support of the arts in San Antonio!

When Blanchard Creative Group CEO Jaselyn Blanchard witnessed the local talent in the Las Casas Foundation‘s program, she was determined to create a brighter spotlight for students looking to pursue a career in performing arts.

Since 1988, the Las Casas Foundation has dedicated its efforts to “the development of the performing arts through education and scholarships and the restoration and preservation of historic theaters,” according to its website. In 2009, the nonprofit added an annual scholarship program, which culminates in the Joci Awards, a talent showcase of San Antonio’s up-and-coming performing artists.

Blanchard was first drawn to working with the Las Casas Foundation after she attended its annual fundraising gala last spring. Despite attendees’ ample enthusiasm and support for the arts program, she quickly began imagining ways to further improve future fundraising efforts.

Why was it that the gala didn’t showcase the very talent it was raising money for, she asked herself.

Blanchard recruited some of the scholarship students to entertain the audience at the 2017 gala, which eventually led her to partner with Las Casas to direct and produce the 2017 Joci Awards….

Check out the whole article here.



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