The Santa Monica Playhouse has received a U.S. Bank grant for the Diversity-in-Education Program to support its school theater field trip program for the 2013-14 season.
Playhouse Director of Education Serena Dolinsky said the grant will enable 1,000 students from Santa Monica and surrounding communities to attend performances and participate in theater arts education during the 2013-14 academic year. To show their appreciation for the funding, students from the playhouse’s Summer Theatre Workshop Play Production Project recently gave an impromptu street performance at the U.S. Bank branch at the corner of Fourth Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica.
McKinley Elementary School educator LaShawn Moore told playhouse representatives, “One could easily guess that all of our students have been to a movie theater, but few had attended a live theater production. Fortunately thanks to you and your grant provider we were able to change this.”
“Support from civic minded businesses, such as U.S. Bank, is especially important now, in our climate of diminished resources for arts programming throughout California and indeed, across the nation and we thank them for stepping up,” said Santa Monica Playhouse board member and former playhouse director of education Cammy Truong.