The Broadway League has announced the recipients of its 22nd annual National Education and Engagement Grants. These grants support inspiring and inventive programs for a wide range of participants to experience and understand Broadway performances as a form of artistic expression and a powerful educational tool.
The National Education and Engagement Grants program presents 10 organizations with grants of $5,000 each to help them develop and maintain programming associated with touring Broadway productions. The list of recipients is as follows: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Inc. (Appleton, WI); Shea's Performing Arts Center (Buffalo, New York); Cincinnati Arts Association (Cincinnati); Des Moines Performing Arts (Des Moines, Iowa); Peace Center for the Performing Arts (Greenville, South Carolina); California Musical Theatre/Broadway Sacramento (Sacramento, California); Seattle Theatre Group (Seattle); Washington Pavilion (Sioux Falls, South Dakota); Straz Center/Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (Tampa, Florida); Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (West Palm Beach, Florida).
Touring Broadway shows participating in this year's recipient programs include Aladdin, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Chicago, The Color Purple, The King and I, The Lion King, Something Rotten!, and Waitress.
The recipients of this year's grants will take part in a range of activities to involve local communities with theater. These diverse programs use the conventions of theater to celebrate culture, develop creativity, and support access to arts-based education and learning. Some the activities include songwriting, puppetry, costume design, essay writing and group discussions, among many others.
"It is a great honor to support arts organizations that are doing the important work of engaging regional communities around the country," said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League. "These Broadway-based programs consistently have a significant impact on underserved populations by encouraging arts curriculums, offering performing arts-based school field trips, promoting inclusion and providing life-long learning. Our member organizations' dedication to bringing Broadway to their whole communities ensures that the magic of theater reaches everyone."
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