POSITIVE PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION ®

"MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN A NEGATIVE WORLD THROUGH THE ARTS." ™

About Us

About Positive Performing Arts Association teaching arts and life skills to at risk youth

“Making a POSITIVE difference in a negative world, through the Arts.” ™

  

 POSITIVE PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION® is a 501-C 3 Public Charitable Organization; all donations are tax deductible.


Positive Performing Arts Association’s mission is to make a positive difference in a negative world, through the Arts…locally and globally.


Globally, PPAA strives to unite Artists worldwide in becoming positive influences on our youth and culture.

PPAA reaches out to Instructors, performing arts schools, and performing artists, of all varieties, providing resources and opportunities for them to teach life skills, along with the Arts, to financially challenged and at-risk youth and young adults. We partner with them, once they join P.P.A.A. by agreeing to our Code of Ethics and pledge, in which they agree to use their artistic talents in a socially positive and responsible way, and assist them in becoming positive influences on our youth and young adults around the world. 

Our Partner Schools, Studios, and Instructors can utilize our nonprofit status to procure business donations which will be used to scholarship financially challenged students into their programs. 

THE ARTS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS WHO WISH TO PARTICIPATE.

We also reach out to mainstream entertainment industry artists that are so influential in the culture of young people around the world to help change the culture of our youth, and young adults, one artist at a time.


Locally, PPAA utilizes the discipline and passion of the performing arts to motivate at-risk youth and young adults to make positive changes in their lives. 

We combine the teaching of the Arts with other programs designed to keep them on track, or to get them back on the right track.

Besides professional Arts education in dance, drama, and other art forms, we offer mentoring programs, drug awareness education, life skills education, and partner with other programs all designed to assist our students in reaching their full potential.

As our students progress in our program, the older students will become leaders and mentors, upon qualification, to the younger students. We believe this cycle of student/leader/mentor will groom our students into the future leaders of our nation and the world.

We strive to bring balance into the lives of the youth and young adults in our program…physically, mentally, and spiritually, all of which the performing arts encompass.

This program has reached hundreds of youth and young adults. There are numerous testimonies of many lives that have been changed in our program…young people coming out of gangs, depression, drug abuse, etc. Several say the discipline and confidence they’ve developed while in our program helped them attain their professional goals. In fact, our students have gone on to become nurses, teachers, pastors, professional dancers, social workers, even a commercial pilot, and many other professions.

  

Positive Performing Arts Association was formed after the founders, Kevin and Natasha Firth, saw many youth “falling through the cracks”. While churches were overseeing the spiritual development of youth and young adults, there were physical and mental problems and issues that were not being addressed such as, homelessness, drug addiction, incarceration, poverty, depression, delinquency, bad home environments, etc. These young adults need practical help with these issues… not sermons alone.

 These problems face youth and young adults of all races, religions, genders, nationalities, and backgrounds. These are the young people we strive to help.


HELP US IN “MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN A NEGATIVE WORLD THROUGH THE ARTS!” ™

JOIN us today as a Donor or by signing up as a professional performance artist, studio, or school. Help us change the lives of our youth and young adults one artist at a time. THANK YOU!

   


Kevin and Natasha Firth are the Founders of Positive Performing Arts Association

ABOUT THE FOUNDERS

  

ABOUT THE FOUNDERS:

President, Natasha King Firth, and her husband, Kevin Firth, Chairman and CEO, have been involved in youth and young adult outreach for over 20 years. As former members of a Mega Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma for over 27 years, they have been active in youth outreach since 1997.

Natasha and Kevin are the Founders of Natasha’s House of Hip Hop and “Chosen Urban Dance Crew”, dance and drama programs that have been reaching out to “at risk” youth and young adults for over 15 years. 

The dance program started at the Tulsa Dream Center in 2002, but over the years has grown it’s outreach and influence throughout the city and region to include: public schools in Tulsa, Union, Jenks, Broken Arrow, Owasso; Tulsa area Job Corps; Light House Charter School; KIPP Charter School; Victory Christian School; New Hope; Parkside Psychiatric Hospital; Muskogee Teen Center; Oklahoma City Thunder performances; American Veteran’s program performances; Victory Christian Center; Victory Christian Center’s Word Explosion performance; and many other churches and outreach venues all over the state of Oklahoma and other states.  

Natasha majored in Social Work at Northeastern State University from 1985 to 1988 and minored in dance. Natasha completed her social work practicum at the Oklahoma Production Center, a facility for the mentally and physically disabled and handicapped, in 1988.

Natasha won the Miss Black Muskogee pageant and competed in the Miss Black Oklahoma Pageant in 1988.

Natasha is currently a master dance instructor for Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa Oklahoma and the Harwelden Institute, where she teaches dance to youth in public schools all over the Tulsa Metro area.


Kevin, a former collegiate basketball player, has volunteered as a youth basketball coach for many years. He started a program called “Hoops, Hope, and Honor”, which he ran from 2000-2005, at the Tulsa Dream Center (46th St. N. and Martin Luther King St.), which combined basketball with life skills education for “at-risk” teens and young adults ages 14-24.

Kevin Firth has been a licensed insurance agent and agency owner for 26 years. He is also a licensed Private Investigator certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education Training for the State of Oklahoma.

Kevin and Natasha have been married for 29 years. They have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.

Natasha's House of Hip Hop, Chosen Urban Dance Crew, and Positive Performing Arts Association

PPAA Sponsored Programs

PPAA was initially created as a 501c3 Public Charitable Organization in order to fund scholarships for financially challenged youth and young adults for programs like our own "Natasha's House of Hip Hop" and "Chosen Urban Dance Crew."

Our vision has expanded globally to assist performing arts schools, studios, Instructors, and performing artists, who partner with us, with the tools to become positive influences to youth and young adults around the world.


JOIN US

BECOME A DONOR

Help us help our youth by becoming a donor! 

Your donation will go toward scholarships for children, whose financially struggling families don't have the ability to pay, in Positive Performing Arts Association's programs or our Partner Schools, Studios, or Instructor's programs. 

 

PPAA utilizes the discipline and passion of the performing arts to motivate at-risk youth and young adults to make positive changes in their lives. 

We combine the teaching of the Arts with life skills education and programs designed to keep them on track, or to get them back on the right track.

Besides professional Arts education in dance, drama, and other art forms, we offer mentoring programs, drug awareness education, life skills education, and partner with other programs all designed to assist our students in reaching their full potential.

As our students progress in our program, the older students will become leaders and mentors, upon qualification, to the younger students. We believe this cycle of student/leader/mentor will groom our students into the future leaders of our nation and the world.

We strive to bring balance into the lives of the youth and young adults in our program…physically, mentally, and spiritually, all of which the performing arts encompass.

With the lack of funding and willingness of our local and federal governments to provide resources for programs that can make a difference in the lives of kids, it becomes ever so important for individuals and businesses to step up to the plate and help fund programs that are making differences in the lives of our youth and young adults.


THANK YOU FOR HELPING!

Remember, we are a 501 (C) (3) Public Charitable Organization, your gift is tax deductible.

BECOME A PARTNER SCHOOL, STUDIO, INSTRUCTOR, OR PERFORMING ARTIST SUPPORTER

Become a Partner School, Studio, or Instructor by first accepting our Code of Ethics and Agreement at our store and pay your annual P.P.A.A. Partner Fee.

(You can view our P.P.A.A. Partner Code of Ethics and Agreements (pdf) in the  List of Partner Schools, Artists, and Donors section of this website.)


Become a P.P.A.A. Artist Supporter by just agreeing to our Artist Pledge and making a donation of any amount.

(You can view the P.P.A.A. Artist Pledge (pdf) on the List of Schools, Artists, and Donors Section of this website.)


Our goal is to ensure that all of our Partner Instructors, Studios, Schools, and our Performing Artist Supporters are on board with our philosophy and goals in becoming a POSITIVE influence in the lives of the youth and young adults that they teach or reach.

 

As a Partner School, Studio, or Instructor you will receive: 

  • Fundraising Partnership Opportunity:

We know your hearts! Most of you would let all children come to your classes for free if you could. The problem is...this is your business, and you can not stay in business long if you are not being paid.

Therefore, most of the youth that you teach come from families that can pay. The financially challenged children, and at-risk children, often get left out. Yet, these are the youth that need positive arts programs the most.

We have the perfect solution! 

Utilize the non-profit status and influence of Positive Performing Arts Association by going to your local and regional businesses and talk to them about donating to Positive Performing Arts Association to provide scholarships in your program to financially challenged youth.

80% of the donation goes to your program for low income youth scholarships and 20% to further the vision of Positive Performing Arts Association. The business gets a tax-deduction while helping a worthy cause.

It's a win-win for everyone!

  •  Our teaching materials that you can implement in your organization immediately.
  • Our partner schools, studios, or instructors, will be allowed to utilize our Positive Performing Arts Association Logo in their marketing materials. 
  • Listing of your school, studio, or as an Instructor on our website as a PPAA Partner along with your contact information. 
  • These are great promotional tools for our partners! (Partners must accept and adhere to our Code of Ethics and Agreement and stay current on their PPAA Partner fees.)

 

PPAA PARTNER SCHOOL, STUDIO, OR  INSTRUCTOR FEES:   $137/year

Included:

  • Fundraising Partnership Opportunity 
  • Teaching material
  • Allowed to utilize PPAA logo in marketing materials (annually)
  • Listed on our website along with contact information (annually)

(Contingent on Partners accepting and adhering to PPAA's CODE of  ETHICS and AGREEMENT and current on their PPAA Partner fees.)



PPAA ARTIST  SUPPORTER:


  • Accept the P.P.A.A. Artist Pledge and donate any amount, annually. Your name and city will be listed on our website.
  • For donations over $125 we will list your name, picture, profile, and contact information, if you want, on our website.

(Contingent on Artist Supporters accepting the P.P.A.A. Artist Pledge.)

PPAA Individual and Business DONOR LEVELS

 

We appreciate all donations of any amount.


ANNUAL DONOR LEVELS:

  • PPAA Builder                $1+
  • PPAA Brass                   $250+
  • PPAA Bronze                $500+
  • PPAA Silver                   $1,000+
  • PPAA Gold                    $5,000+
  • PPAA Platinum             $10,000 +
  • PPAA Board Sponsor   $25,000+

Individual DONORS at the BRASS, BRONZE, SILVER, GOLD, PLATINUM, and BOARD SPONSOR levels will be listed on our website with their approval.


All Donors beginning at the Bronze level can expect to receive gifts such as tickets to upcoming events, P.P.A.A. branded items and clothing, etc, at our discretion.


BUSINESS DONORS beginning at the BRONZE BUSINESS DONOR LEVEL will have a brief description of their business and contact information listed on our website. They can also incorporate our LOGO in their marketing materials stating they are a supporter of Positive Performing Arts Association.

BUSINESS DONORS at the PLATINUM and BOARD SPONSOR levels will receive their own Sponsor Page on our website, where they will be able to advertise their business in detail with their LOGO. 

They will also be listed on our fliers, brochures, event programs, and playbills.


BUSINESS and Individual Donors at the BOARD SPONSOR level will also get a seat on our ADVISORY BOARD.


P.P.A.A.'s Project "Deliver Me"

PROJECT- "DELIVER ME" Is our attempt to draw attention to the plight of the children of drug addicted and incarcerated parents, and the havoc that drug addiction wreaks on families.

 Were you aware that the United States of America incarcerates more of it's citizens than any industrialized nation on Earth? With only 5% of the world's population, the U.S. has 25% of the world's prison population.

That's right! We are number one! Not what you'd expect from the land of the free and home of the brave.

My home state of Oklahoma has the distinction of being number one in the United States in incarcerating females and number three in incarcerating males....not the type of winds we should want sweeping down these plains.  When I read  these statistics, it was staggering and depressing.

According to a report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, of those that are incarcerated in the U.S., over 65% meet medical criteria for substance abuse and addiction, but only 11% received treatment for their addictions. 

The report also found that alcohol and other drugs are significant factors in all crimes, including 78%of violent crimes, 83% of property crimes, and 77% of public order, weapons offenses, and probation and parole violations.

Also, according to the report, federal, state, and local governments spent 74 billion dollars on incarceration, court proceedings, probation and parole for adults with substance abuse problems and juvenile offenders in 2005, but less than 1% of that amount was spent on prevention and treatment.

In fact, I know some states offer virtually no viable drug treatment program for offenders.

Is it no wonder why prison recidivism is so high? 

States and taxpayers complain about rising prison costs which could be dramatically reduced by spending a fraction of incarceration costs in increasing substance abuse treatment programs...but they still refuse to fund the treatment programs that can make such a difference in the lives of millions of individuals, families, and society.

This irrational, inept thinking is assisting in the destruction of our nation.

Which brings us to the secondary (but in many ways primarily, adversely affected), hidden victims in this travesty....the children of addicted and incarcerated parents.

In a 2010 report from the Pew Charitable Trust it was found that more than half of incarcerated men and women are the parents of children under the age of 18.

As a result, there are 2.7 million minor children who have a parent in jail or prison. This means an incredible 1-in-28 American children have an incarcerated parent. The number was 1-in-125 only 25 years ago.

Help us spread the message of this national travesty.

I appreciate President Trump's acknowledgement of the opiate and prescription drug addiction epidemic in our nation, along with former President Obama's efforts to draw attention to our ridiculously high incarceration rates.

This should be a bi-partisan problem as it effects people of all political persuasions and, especially, our most vulnerable with no political persuasion.

We must all come together to bring pragmatic and sensible solutions to fix this problem that has become such a disgrace to this nation. 

Let us strive as a people and a nation to be that shining city on a hill that the world admires; striving for excellence, justice, integrity, righteousness, and selflessness, while simultaneously reaching out a helping hand of grace, mercy, and forgiveness to our wretched, broken, and hopeless brothers and sisters, pulling them with all of our might into the light.

---- Kevin Firth, Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO

      Positive Performing Arts Association     


Help us reach out to children of incarcerated parents.Your donation will go toward scholarships to our Positive Performing Arts programs or our Association's Partner arts schools.

 

We combine the teaching of the Arts with life skills education and programs designed to keep youth and young adults on track, or to get them back on the right track.

Besides professional Arts education in dance, drama, and other art forms, we offer mentoring programs, drug awareness education, life skills education, and partner with other programs all designed to assist our students in reaching their full potential.

Thank you so much for your help; for your hand of light reaching into the dark! THANK YOU!

Volunteer Staff

MARIAH ALLEN: Advisory Board- Artistic Committee; Instructor; Mentor

A former Student Leader/Mentor of Natasha's House of Hip Hop and Chosen Urban Dance Crew while attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK., Mariah has a heart for youth and young adults.

Mariah is giving of herself as an Advisory Board Member, Mentor, and Instructor with Positive Performing Arts Association. 

We thank Mariah for her hard work and dedication!

Mariah received her B.S. in Bus. Admin. and Minor in Dance Performance from Oral Roberts University.

CAITY LITTLE: Advisory Board-Fundraising Committee; Mentor

Caity Little joins us as a kindred spirit because of her heart and passion to reach the youth and young adults of our generation.

Caity has been involved in youth outreach for many years.

Caity is giving of herself as an Advisory Board Member and a Mentor with Positive Performing Arts Association.

We thank Caity for her dedication and infectious enthusiasm!

Caity is attending Oklahoma State University where she is a Human Development and Family Science major.

ARIEL PARSONS: Advisory Board-Mentoring Committee; Instructor; Mentor

Ariel started as a student at Natasha's House of Hip Hop many years ago and became a Leader/ Mentor for Chosen Urban Dance Crew while attending Oral Robert's University in Tulsa, OK.

Ariel has made her career choice one of helping people. She works as a Child Welfare Specialist for the Dept. of Human Services.

Ariel is giving of herself as an Advisory Board Member, Mentor, and Instructor with Positive Performing Arts Association.

We thank Ariel for her dedication and hard work!

Ariel received her B.A. in Social Work from Oral Roberts University.


Diamond Mack: Student Leader/Mentor/Instructor

Diamond started with Natasha's House of Hip Hop and Chosen Urban Dance Crew when she was an eighth grader in Tulsa, Ok.

Because of her leadership qualities and academic achievement, in spite of economic and family challenges, Diamond earned a scholarship to one of Tulsa's most prestigious private high schools, and is set to choose from a number of university scholarship offers after graduation.

Diamond is one of our top Student Leader/Mentors for Positive Performing Arts Association.

Diamond we salute you!

Video

Positive Performing Arts Association's

Chosen Urban Dance Crew

Performing to "Tron Legacy-End Titles"

By Daft Punk

Video

Positive Performing Arts Association

presents Natasha's House of Hip Hop,

performing to Gabriel Firth's, AKA "MR.", powerful remix of Sarah Brightman's "Deliver Me".

Performed at the NBA's OKC Thunder Blue game.

Lists of Partner Schools/Artists/& Donors: Be first to Join!

P.P.A.A. Code of Ethics, Agreements, and Disclosures (pdf)

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PPAA ARTIST PLEDGE (docx)

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P.P.A.A. PARTNER SCHOOLS and INSTRUCTORS (pdf)

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P.P.A.A. PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS (pdf)

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626 E. Apache St. #6157, Tulsa, OK 74148, US

(918) 378-9025

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