Wilson Center & Arts Council of Wilmington Announce Initiative Offering Theater Experience to Area Youth

December 7th, 2017 by Erin Russell

Broadway for a Better WorldThe Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County are pleased to announce Broadway for a Better World, a new initiative and community partnership whose mission is to make performing arts accessible to under-served populations.

Particularly focused on providing exposure to the arts for disadvantaged youth, the program is a collaboration between the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County, the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College, and the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, and will be solely funded through the generous support of private donors.

Non-profit organizations in New Hanover and Pender counties will have the opportunity to apply for a Broadway for a Better World grant, which will provide recipients with free tickets to Wilson Center PNC Broadway or Stars Series performances. All non-profit organizations in New Hanover and Pender Counties are eligible to apply, with the understanding that a majority of the tickets granted will go to organizations serving area youth.

“Broadway for a Better World provides a unique opportunity for children and young adults who don’t have access or exposure to the performing arts,” said Mr. Jack Fuller, former CEO at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and a founding member of the Broadway for a Better World committee. “We believe that experiencing the arts in this way will give kids a broader world view and insight into all the possibilities for their future. Not only will they have exposure to the theater, they will also have the opportunity to be on a college campus and learn about the educational options available to them at Cape Fear Community College,” said Fuller. “We can’t give tickets away, but we can ‘gift’ them away, and through the generosity of this community we can truly help children in need; children that deserve these opportunities.”

Local organizations may apply for a Broadway for a Better World grant beginning Thursday, December 7th, 2017 online at capefearstage.com/betterworld.

The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County will lead an independent grant review committee which will assess the applications and make the grant award decisions on a quarterly basis. The first group of grant recipients will be announced in January 2018.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to not only entertain residents of New Hanover and Pender Counties, but to offer young people in our community the chance to experience the transformative, creative, live theater experience,” said Wilson Center Director, Mr. Shane Fernando. “And that experience will be life-changing.”

Individuals who would like to donate to the Broadway for a Better World program should contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at 910-362-7207 or visit cfcc.edu/foundation.

For additional information on the Wilson Center and a full performance schedule, please visit www.capefearstage.com.

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