Bringing the Arts to our Nation’s Heroes
By Courtney Blount, The Home Depot Foundation
Deep-rooted culture. It is one of the many similarities between The Home Depot and its beloved hometown, Atlanta. That’s why when it came time for the home improvement retailer to connect with its hometown in another meaningful way, they merged two of its Foundation’s passions (serving veterans and culture) with one of the city’s life breeding elements—the arts. Atlanta’s art scene is one of the biggest contributors to the city’s culture. It not only attracts the interest of locals but brings together people from all over the world.
The Home Depot Foundation partners with Atlanta-based organizations including The Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Ballet, The Atlanta Opera and others that are leaders in the arts and captivate audiences with their impactful productions. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has worked to improve the homes and quality of life of veterans and their families. With an understanding that quality of life extends in many directions and that arts is an outlet that creates positive experiences, The Home Depot Foundation knew bringing this hometown culture and joy to veterans and active service members could leave a lasting impact. Shortly after, The Home Depot Foundation joined with these three leaders to tap into the gems they hold and brought the arts to our nation’s heroes through unique ticketing programs.
Building Strong Relationships and Giving Back are two of the core values at The Home Depot. These values along with the mission of The Foundation made a seamless tie to these arts-centered organizations. Through The Woodruff Arts Center, veterans, active duty and military families can enjoy free performance tickets to experience the world-class music of the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, talent of the Tony Award-wining Alliance Theatre and free admission to the High Museum of Art. Through Atlanta Ballet, veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces and their families are able to receive complimentary tickets for select performance. Through The Atlanta Opera, veterans and current military service members are invited to attend each of their main stage productions at no cost.
These programs provide a small token of appreciation to those who have given so much. Offering these creative experiences is a way these organizations serve those who have served us all.
The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $300 million in veteran causes and improved more than 43,000 veteran homes and facilities in 4,200 cities. In 2018, the Foundation pledged an additional $250 million to veteran causes taking the total commitment to half a billion by 2025.
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