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FAU’s Theatre Lab Receives Heckscher Foundation for Children Grant

Florida Atlantic University’s Theatre Lab in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters recently received $250,000 from the Heckscher Foundation for Children for Theatre Lab’s Educational and Community Outreach Programs for the 2021-22 season. This is the seventh season for which the organization has received $250,000, making the total award to date $1.5 million. The grant funds four educational outreach programs at Theatre Lab.

The first is the Future PAGES (Playwrights, Artists, & Generation of Exciting Storytellers) Project, which serves 1,200 students (ages 9 and up), providing free creative-writing work-shops, free transportation to the theater, and live-theatrical experiences.

The second program is the @Center program which provides creative writing and theatrical arts residencies to partner organizations serving at-risk and adjudicated youth, providing these students with the tools to express themselves and their stories through the arts.

LabRATS (Rising Artists Theatre Society) follows on to the @Center program, providing workshops in theatrical arts to partner schools.

The Teaching Artist Institute is the newest program, providing participants the tools to design, implement, and execute an effective Educational Outreach program.

For more information about Theatre Lab at FAU, visit fau.edu/theatrelab.

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