Enrichment for all.
In 1996, three-year-old Samantha wanted to take ballet, but cerebral palsy affected her walking, talking, balance and vision. No programs accepted her. Determined that no child should be denied the opportunity to participate in the richness of an arts education, Cathy Binstock –– Samantha’s mother and a clinical social worker –– rolled up her sleeves, contacted arts instructors and friends, and founded The River Performing and Visual Arts Center. The first class was Creative Movement for seven little girls with disabilities. Almost twenty years later, The River has served more than 18,000 children with special needs and their siblings.
With a common goal — to extend arts access to children of all abilities — Theatre Under The Stars merged with The River in 2010. This revered pairing of two Houston-grown non-profits broadened TUTS’ educational reach into the city’s special-needs community through the demonstrated expertise of The River. Whether kids are twirling or tapping, singing or stenciling, The River’s year-round, barrier-free classes allow all children to delight in the drama of the performing and visual arts. Financial aid is available.