Made possible by the PNC Arts Alive grant program, Jacksonville Dance Theatre’s The Bridge Project commissioned a choreographic work by national choreographer and dance James Boyd. Once the choreography was created, JDT presented the work to diverse and underserved audiences throughout Jacksonville and the region. 

In 2016-17 JDT served over 1,300 children through The Bridge Project.


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 culminated at the 5th annual Jacksonville Dance Theatre In Concert on June 24, 2017 at the historic Florida Theatre.

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.