Grant Given To Broward Performing Arts Foundation Allows Underserved Students To Take Center Stage—Literally
June 24, 2015 — Hundreds of students will enjoy a chance in the spotlight, thanks to a challenge grant given to the Broward Performing Arts Foundation (BPAF) this month.
The Salah Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations that strengthen families and communities, offered to match up to $150,000 worth of donations raised by BPAF’s Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center through Sept. 30. Only a few weeks into the challenge, BPAF has already reached the cap for the grant, and it’s hoping to raise even more money to support its programs.
The money will be split up in two ways.
The $150,000 matched by the Salah Foundation will be used to support BPAF’s “Reading Readiness Through the Theater” and “Play Scenes: Prime Time Rhyme” programs, both of which teach underserved preschoolers educational skills that they then act out on stage.
The money raised by BPAF can be used toward educational programs at the center’s discretion. With that money, 12 students between the ages of 6 to 17 received $830 scholarships to attend the center’s Summer Theater Camp, which offers participants acting, dance, voice and production lessons.
“All of the applicants were very low-income, with the majority of households earning $25,000 or less, and two of the students were in the foster care system,” BPAF executive director Lisa Kitei said.
BPAF’s Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center is the largest free arts education center in the country and serves about 150,000 children each year, Kitei said.