Norton Center for the Arts launches Norton Center ACTS Program
A new program at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts will allow local students to attend matinee performances free of charge or for just $2 a ticket. The Arts for the Classroom Ticket Subsidy (ACTS) program, sponsored by a grant from the Wilderness Trace Community Foundation (WTCF) will support more than 1,200 public school students across Boyle, Lincoln, Mercer and Garrard Counties, including Burgin and Danville Independent Schools.
Annually, the Norton Center reaches over 4,000 elementary, middle and high school students through its Professional Performances for Young Audiences Series.
“Unfortunately, many more schools would like to register their students but are unable,” explains Steve Hoffman, executive director of the Norton Center. “While the Norton Center’s published prices for admission—between $8‐10 per student—are already relatively low, this is still an expense that some students are unable to afford.”
The Norton Center ACTS program was established to provide access to engaging educational and entertaining curriculum‐connection programs at greatly reduced subsidies.
“We believe that youth should have the opportunity to explore and engage in quality arts experiences, regardless of the resources of their families or their schools,” Hoffman stated. “Thanks to a team of dedicated board members at the WTCF, we are able to see the ACTS vision become a reality.”
With the start of the 2012‐13 school year, 1,250 ACTS tickets will be available to public schools in the WTCF four county service area: Boyle, Mercer, Garrard and Lincoln. Teachers at public schools in these counties will have the opportunity to complete a simple eligibility form, applying for either completely subsidized tickets or tickets at a deep discount. For schools awarded ACTS tickets, those programs that normally would cost $8 per ticket will be fully subsidized with no cost to the student, and those that are listed at $10 in the Norton Center’s Student Matinee brochure will be available at $2 per ticket.
Current funding only allows for 1,250 subsidized tickets and these will not be distributed evenly across all four counties. Instead, Norton Center staff, the Wilderness Trace Board and a superintendent or school representative from each county met early in the summer and agreed that the tickets would be distributed within the area based upon need—a formula that takes into account the percentage of students in each county who are participating in the free or reduced lunch program.
“Our hope is that more citizens throughout our community will see the value of cultural experiences for our young people and all that is gained through this program, and also choose to make a donation so that we can reach even more students,” said Pete Chiericozzi, chair of the WTCF Board. “This partnership has been made possible in part through gifts from the Rowland Family Charitable Fund and the Richard C. Brown Endowment, funds held by WTCF.”
The Wilderness Trace Community Foundation is a tax‐exempt, charitable foundation providing resources for a broad range of needs in Boyle, Mercer, Garrard and Lincoln counties. The Foundation enables people to establish charitable funds to be used in making grants to the causes and issues specifically designated by the donor. The funds are managed professionally, growing over time.
Like all community foundations, a volunteer board of citizens oversees the organization and aids it in identifying and funding community needs. Because the Foundation acts as an umbrella organization, it keeps overhead to a minimum while providing maximum financial support to the community.
The Norton Center is home to an annual performing arts season of professional touring presentations. It is also the primary venue on Centre’s campus for music and theatrical productions, lectures and other convocations and live student entertainment. The Norton Center has two venues: the 1,470‐seat Newlin Hall, known for its acoustics, and the warm and intimate 367‐seat Weisiger Theatre. The Norton Center also boasts a large art collection with many of the works on display in the Grand Foyer and throughout campus.
Single tickets to Norton Center performances and subscriptions to the 2012‐13 Season are now on sale. For more information, contact the box office at 859‐236‐4692 or Toll Free at 1‐ 877‐HIT‐SHOW (448‐7469). To buy tickets online, request a brochure or for additional information on other performing artists, please visitNortonCenter.com.
Those interested in making a donation to the WTCF to support the ACTS program can visitwildernesstrace.org for more information.
For more information on Norton Center ACTS, visit the program website, or to learn more about how other counties might participate in this program contact Mandy Prather, the Norton Center’s director of marketing and development, at 859‐238‐5421.
To access the 2012‐2013 Professional Performances for Young Audiences Brochure, click here.