This Sunday, December 11th will mark Jordan Grubb’s 7th Annual Winter Formal. Currently embarking on a national tour of Mary Poppins, Jordan Grubb is an actor based in New York City who hosts an annual winter formal event for the theater and artist community in NYC. Last year, Grubb found Arts to Grow through online research and was very excited to use his annual event as a platform to raise money for an impactful cause: the nurturing of the artistic development of our children and youth. Last year he was able to raise a total of $1,143 for Arts to Grow, and this year, he is excited to partner with ATG again, hopefully surpassing that amount.
A tradition started in his college days in Pittsburgh with his roommates, Grubb’s Winter formal originally sprung out of their desire to have an event where friends and colleagues had an excuse to dress up “to the nines” and socialize. After its success in Pittsburgh, when moving to NYC, Grubb decided to continue the tradition. Year by year, the event has scaled larger and larger. Given its growth, Grubbs decided to give to a charity, and Arts to Grow served to be the perfect match. He wants to help promote the arts for children, as he knows the impact the arts has had on his life, now as a working actor. On talking about his theater colleagues and friends raising funds for ATG, Grubbs says, “Everyone is willing to help. Everyone has been there as a child, having been impacted by the arts. Everyone can relate and was able to donate at least a small amount.”
When asked about how he sees his event evolving, Grubbs believes that it will just continue to get bigger and have more presence. This year, the event will be hosted at The Irish Rogue in the city, with a new addition of an auction being implemented. “Truly I believe one day, it will be the most popular and important holiday event in the arts community,” says Grubb. We surely hope so, as hundreds of at-risk kids are being positively impacted in exploring their artistic passions through Arts to Grows programs. Arts to Grow truly appreciates the support of Jordan Grubb and his holiday revelers for their meaningful support of our programs and their heartfelt work to promote arts education for all children, knowing how these experiences change the lives for our youth.