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We Believe the Children are our Future

Whitney Houston popularized the song “The Greatest Love of All” by Michael Masser (music) & Linda Creed (lyrics) which opens with:

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be…

Each year, more than 80,000 children come to the Long Center to see shows and be a part of our free community events!

Whether experiencing the magic of bubbles; listening to classical music; seeing graceful ballet; being mesmerized by dramatic opera; being a part of an original play; or spending time with family and friends dancing, spinning and just having fun on the front lawn, the Long Center invests in the creativity and imagination of our children.

Your donation today will help us continue to be the setting where these extraordinary experiences take place.


At the heart of any successful individual is a drive fueled by passion. Whether starring on Broadway, leading a Boardroom, or excelling at whatever profession a child ultimately chooses, a passion ignited by the arts at an early age will remain with them for a lifetime.

Creatively Yours,

Brett Barnes | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Brett Barnes
Long Center V.P. of Development (and singer)

PS: A child will probably not remember the doll or the truck they received when young. The will remember the experience that left them feeling excited, inspired and happy. Give a child that feeling today by DONATING NOW!

PPS: …if you want to listen to the full song running through your head, click here.

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