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Dynamic community building program through arts/culture expands:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast Named Explore + Learn Partner of the Year

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“The Music Hall is one of the Seacoast’s key community builders”– Portsmouth Herald

Beyond its on-stage and on-screen offerings, The Music Hall oversees a broad Community Engagement Program that benefits the Seacoast: mentoring local nonprofits, providing $20,000 in discounted rental rates and ticket donations to annual fundraisers for 150 nonprofits, free tickets to local students for Writers on a New England Stage events and affordable admission for home schoolers and students of 80 area schools for the School Days Series; offering learning opportunities by connecting partners with visiting nationally acclaimed authors and artists; and collaborating with various nonprofits on the popular Film Matters series which provides a community forum for discussing global issues presented in high quality documentaries.

Expanded community building via $75,000 Jane’s Trust grant

The Music Hall has been awarded $75,000 from the regional foundation, Jane’s Trust, to expand its dynamic community building initiative, the Community Partner Program. Specifically, the grant will directly impact its Explore + Learn Partners: Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS), Arts in Reach (AIR), and Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) Programming to include: educational and entertainment opportunities: complimentary or discounted tickets to shows and films; access to Master Classes and Meet + Greets with visiting artists. With its Enhanced Community Partners: New Heights Adventures for Teens, Gundalow Company, Seacoast Science Center, and Stage Force, programming will include: Seacoast Anti-Bullying Day (10/29); Ocean Awareness Week (10/ 8-12).

“The Music Hall is so grateful to be able to expand and continue its community building program – it allows us to walk the walk and be a part of building a healthy community,” said Patricia Lynch, Executive Director of The Music Hall.

Russ Grazier, Executive Director of PMAC, said, “This partnership will not only provide extraordinary opportunities for our students via access to top notch artists who appear on stage at The Music Hall each year, but it also helps to continue to build awareness of PMAC as an institution devoted to excellence in arts education and building community through the arts. This is a win-win for both organizations since we are both all about building community.”

Virginia Skevington, Executive Director of AIR, reflected on the effect of the collaborative programming with The Music Hall, “Arts in Reach teens enjoyed high caliber performances, meet-and-greets, and master classes at The Music Hall. AIR is grateful to the women of The Music Hall who invited girls to The Loft for a discussion on goal-setting and future opportunities. Our hearts are warmed by your generosity. Your contribution is an investment in [the girls’] future….What an incredible experience we all had on Saturday! Everything went according to plan and beyond! The girls felt like superstars, performing at a venue like The Loft.”

About Jane’s Trust

Jane’s Trust focuses its grant making on arts and culture, education, environment, and health and welfare. Arts and culture grants support artistic and quality development in northern New England. They support a variety of objectives including increased access to artistic expression and education in the arts for underserved population and the impact of artistic and cultural exposure on communities. Education grants seek to advance educational opportunities and educational quality in northern New England. Grants are made in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont; in southwest and central Florida; and in the greater Boston area of Massachusetts. Read More about Jane’s Trust

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