The Washington Center for the Performing Arts has been awarded four grants in the last month totaling more than $25,000, the center announced on Monday.
The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the center a $10,000 Challenge America grant, part of more than $27.6 million awarded in the NEA’s first funding round for fiscal year 2016.
The funding will provide free and reduced-price tickets to underserved populations for performances by the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra, the Portland Cello Project and Kahulanui. Additionally, it supports a Portland Cello Project daytime student matinee and outreach to four Thurston County Boys & Girls Clubs, as well as a Kahulanui outreach performance in a local elementary school.
The Tulalip Tribe also awarded $2,500 to the center for its reduced-price and free ticket programs, which give access to students, youth and social service organization clients who could not otherwise afford to attend live theater and music.
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The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound awarded the Washington Center $8,000 to help the center maintain affordable rental rates.
And the Nisqually Tribe awarded $5,000 to the center to support its Creative Connections program, which encompasses its education and community outreach programs.