San Antonio Charity Challenge 2016
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San Antonio nonprofit builds musical bridges around the world

San Antonio nonprofit builds musical bridges around the world

Musical Bridges Around the World
MBAW's Kids to Concerts series reaches 50,000 children annually through interactive multicultural performances. Musical Bridges Around the World/Facebook

Editor's note: CultureMap is committed to shining a light on San Antonio-area nonprofits and their impact on our community. So, we're launching the CultureMap San Antonio Charity Challenge, highlighting deserving local organizations — one of which will become our charity partner for 2016 based on readers' votes. To help you decide, get to know one of our six selected finalists, Musical Bridges Around the World.

The power of music is such that it can make you feel like you're traveling the globe. Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) works with international talent to enrich the already vibrant cultural center of San Antonio. For 16 years, MBAW has helped to define San Antonio's urban landscape with cosmopolitan events and educational outreach.

With many events free and open to the public, MBAW makes it easy for San Antonio music lovers to connect and enjoy global rhythms without ever leaving town. The International Music Festival, in its third year, will bring together talent from Russia, India, Iran, and beyond for five nights in February 2016. Sunday evenings, MBAW presents Musical Evenings at the San Fernando Cathedral, a night of diverse music offerings with an opportunity to meet the artists over dessert following the show.

MBAW looks to the future as well, with the amazing Kids to Concerts series, which reaches 50,000 children annually through interactive multicultural performances. The first of its kind in the area, the program blends core concepts from science and math curriculum with a lively musical experience that children won't soon forget.

Vote now for Musical Bridges Around the World — or any of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge running through December 30. A winner will be announced January 5, 2016, and will receive a CultureMap advertising package worth $10,000. 

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