The Broadway League has announced recipients of its 21st annual National Education and Engagement Grants, which support programs for a wide range of participants to experience and understand Broadway as a form of artistic expression and a powerful educational tool.
Ten organizations will be presented with grants of $5,000 each to help them develop and maintain programming associated with touring Broadway productions.
This year's recipients include the following:
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Inc. – Appleton, WI
Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. – Baltimore, MD
Denver Center for the Performing Arts – Denver, CO
Miller Auditorium / Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo, MI
Louisville Theatrical Association – Louisville, KY
Tennessee Performing Arts Center – Nashville, TN
Omaha Performing Arts – Omaha, NE
Kimmel Center, Inc. – Philadelphia, PA
Arts Center and Theatre of Schenectady, Inc. – Schenectady, NY
Straz Center for the Performing Arts – Tampa, FL
“We are thrilled to welcome various performing arts centers this year as they continue to illustrate the importance of an arts-based education,” commented Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, in a statement. “Commitment to teaching impressionable minds inclusivity, literacy skills, community advocacy, self-awareness, and more through the magic of Broadway is essential to the growth of young individuals, and livelihood of the Broadway community.”
Recipients will engage in a range of activities to educate young minds on theatre tradition. “From arts-based workshops to creative writing and music classes, students will learn about all facets of the theatre industry,” according to a press release. “Some programs will directly interact with the storyline of the play and the book it was based on, such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Students will also explore the themes of The Sound of Music and re-create a scene from the show.”
Touring Broadway shows participating in this year’s recipient programs include An American in Paris, Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Finding Neverland, Fun Home, The King and I, Motown the Musical, Something Rotten! and The Sound of Music.
Since it was founded in 1996, The Broadway League’s Education and Engagement Grants program has awarded $1.2 million in grants to support the education efforts of Broadway and Touring Broadway presenting organizations.