CCBC awarded Wells Fargo Cultural Excellence Grant

Dec 11, 2017 | by Terri Charles | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.202.0017 (cell)

$10,000 gift supports Dundalk Community Theatre’s Readers Theatre

Baltimore County, MDCommunity College of Baltimore County Foundation, Inc. today announced a $10,000 Wells Fargo Cultural Excellence Grant in support of educational performances at Dundalk Community Theatre, in residence at CCBC Dundalk, for local elementary school-aged students. The grant funds will support a Readers Theatre workshop and performances, including exposing students to young thespians at the Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, and high school internships to foster hands-on theatre production experience at Dundalk Community Theatre.

Wells Fargo Cultural Excellence Grants are awarded to art, culture, science and history organizations that promote education through innovative school collaborations and non-traditional teaching.

“We are honored to be selected for the Wells Fargo Cultural Excellence grant, which supports a unique educational and cultural program for Dundalk area public schools that combines reading and literacy skill building with the performing arts,” said CCBC’s Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Tori Burns. “The Readers Theatre provides a fun way to enhance students’ reading abilities and confidence while instilling a love of learning through performing on the Dundalk Community Theatre’s main stage.”

The Dundalk Community Theatre’s Readers Theatre will utilize scripts adapted from grade-level literature by having the students “perform” the reading of scripts aloud and having the audience interpret from hearing the scripts, a technique used to aid in student comprehension. CCBC theatre and teacher education students will organize the Readers Theatre as part of a service learning project and will be trained in literature selection, script adaptation and performance skills. Parents will be invited to the performances. The Wells Fargo grant funds will help buy books, provide lunch and offset transportation costs.

Another component of the program includes a partnership with the Children's Playhouse of Maryland in which students will be invited to participate in a theatre production and interact with performers their own ages. The program includes a hands-on theatre arts workshop, theatre production experience, an opportunity to participate in the cast, and a professional staff question-and-answer session after the production. Grant funding supports ticket costs for up to 380 students, teachers and parents from participating schools.

The Wells Fargo Cultural Excellence Grant also supports three $1,000 internships for high school students who will be able to gain experience during the school year in the inner workings of the Dundalk Community Theatre, working closely with trained professionals on lighting and sound design, costume design and construction, stage management, property management, box office and promotional services and theatre dramaturgy.


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