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Foundation helps pay for children's programs

Fayette County Foundation board member Linda Rea, left, presents areplica check for $3,500 from the foundation to providechildren’s programming toImagine Performing Arts summer kids program facilitatorGilda Lewis.

By News-Examiner staff

A boost from the Fayette County Foundation will allow Imagine Performing Arts to bring summer activities to the Discover Kids program and other children’s theater activities.

The Foundation awarded $3,500 to IPA for the programs.

The grant funds and other donations will be used for the summer programs, including providing some programming for the Discover Kids program sponsored by the Connersville Parks and Recreation Department which runs weekdays from June 4 - Aug. 3, Gilda Lewis, summer kids program facilitator, said.

IPA will also host a fall interactive fractured fairy-tale-event. She said as the dates draw near, the information will be sent home from school with area students.

“This $3,500 grant will give local youth the opportunity to take part in and enjoy theater programming throughout 2018,” said Katherine Good, Foundation program officer. “Funding for IPA was granted through our Community IMPACT endowment, the Foundation’s largest unrestricted fund.

Gifts to the Community IMPACT endowment are the most important gifts to the Community Foundation. They give the Community Foundation the ultimate flexibility to seize opportunities and address unforeseen challenges as they arise, she said.

Area residents founded Imagine Performing Arts to develop and support the performing arts, to encourage creativity and excellence, and to enrich the community. 

The Hullabaloo 5 variety show is set for July 20-21 at the James Roberts Memorial Building in Roberts Park. IPA also hosts a quarterly Open Mic Night at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association, 402 Central Ave. The next filming of monthly TV3 show “Imagine This” is at 5:30 p.m. May 24.