Every year the Boeing Vision Award is given to a nonprofit member of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts who has "put forth a bold project vision for an innovative arts concept," and this year the recipient is Charleston Stage, in residence at Dock Street Theatre. Charleston Stage was awarded $25,000 to help fund its sensory-friendly performances, which the company initiated this past season.
Sensory-friendly performances — which include shows where both lighting and sound are altered — are designed to educate and expose kids on the autism spectrum, along with other children with sensory sensitivities. Charleston Stage, with the help of the Boeing Vision Award, plans on holding a sensory-sensitive performance for each of its Family Series productions.
In a statement Mike Gibbons, executive director for the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, says, "Bringing the arts to underserved individuals is critical, and providing an inclusive performing arts experience for everyone will be such a positive addition to our community."
Charleston Stage's 2016-2017 season
starts on Sept. 7, with Hairspray.