The first year of the Bridge Project was made possible by the PNC Arts Alive grant program, Jacksonville Dance Theatre’s The Bridge Project commissioned a newly choreographic work by dancer and choreographer James Boyd, a local African American dance artist with a national and renowned reputation in the field of professional dance. To learn more about James Boyd visit Once the choreography was created, JDT presented the work to underserved audiences throughout Jacksonville. The process of learning the choreography and then presenting the work to these audiences was documented by Alexa Velez (filmmaker), and turned into a Documentary screened at The Florida Theatre. The Bridge Project will culminated at the 5th annual Jacksonville Dance Theatre In Concert on June 24, 2017 at the historic Florida Theatre.

A city’s cultural landscape is not complete without dance as a performing and important art form that reaches all people regardless of race, age, gender or socioeconomic background. We live in a time when - more than ever - we need the arts to bridge people and their communities, to help us grow and heal, and to lift the voices of the underserved and underheard. 

JDT was one of only five Jacksonville organizations chosen for the PNC Arts Alive grant - the first year for Arts Alive in the Northeast Florida region. PNC Arts Alive challenges visual and performing arts organizations to put forth their best, most original thinking in expanding audience participation and engagement. Since PNC Arts Alive debuted in 2009, it has awarded approximately $13 million in grants to enterprising cultural organization. Grants are delivered by the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.