Bravo Creative Arts Center was founded in February 2006 by Lissa McHugh and Lori Terlikosky who recognized the need for a quality, creative outlet for youth.
"Our Music City community is filled with many youth with creative talents and gifts, but few opportunities to share and use those gifts." Lissa McHugh and Lori Terlikosky
The Founders, each having a great appreciation for the arts and a heart for working with young people, decided to build it.
So, with a giant leap of faith, Bravo Creative Arts Center was founded. ''Build it and they will come'' has certainly proven true for Bravo. Well over a thousand youth have been served in Bravo's ten year history.
Young musicians have performed to packed houses of friends and family, youth have gathered to write and perform improvisational skits, artistic youth have gone out into the community to give back by performing at The Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, local festivals and Autism Speaks.
Teens and children have assembled to rehearse for forty main stage productions produced by Bravo including classics like Peter Pan, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver and Broadway musicals like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, Willy Wonka, Seussical, Grease the School Version, Godspell, Shrek and the Tennessee premiere of Disney's Aladdin.
Bravo is a volunteer driven organization and is fortunate to have the support of a giving community who helps to sew costumes, build sets, create props, and sell tickets. Bravo has also been acknowledged by the community with honors including Best Live Theater, Best Youth Arts Program, and Best Youth Music Instruction.