CAC awarded tax-credit funds from First Citizens Community Bank

The Community Arts Center has received $5,000 from First Citizens Community Bank to support the venue’s approved Educational Improvement Tax Credit programs, including “The Nutcracker,” the Educational Series and Student Summer Stock.

“The arts bring us together, bring joy to the community and open up exciting possibilities to local youth,” said Peg Shaffer, business development officer at FCCB’s Mill Hall office. “We are proud to support the Community Arts Center and look forward to their 2022 programming!”

Marking a $5,000 Educational Improvement Tax Credit from First Citizens Community Bank are (from left) Jim Dougherty, executive director of the Community Arts Center; Peg Shaffer, business development officer, FCCB; and Ana Gonzalez-White, director of CAC development. (Photo provided)

For years, the CAC has been able to offer student-centered shows – thanks, in large part, to the vital support from the business community. Funding for the educational programming is derived from EITC funds, donations, corporate sponsorships and grants.

“We’re immensely grateful for contributions like this, which help to fund incredible local performances that might not otherwise be available in Williamsport,” said Jim Dougherty, the center’s executive director. “This assistance in bringing our community together to support the arts is invaluable.”

The EITC program offers tax credits to approved organizations that invest in projects that improve access to high-quality education programs. Organizations must be prequalified by the state Department of Community & Economic Development to participate.

“We certainly appreciate this thoughtful donation to our programs,” said Ana Gonzalez-White, director of CAC development. “These partnerships really make a difference and are what make it possible for us to offer the programs that bring so many students into our theater.”

For more information about giving opportunities at the CAC, contact Gonzalez-White at 570-327-7657 or by email.

The CAC is a wholly owned subsidiary that merged with Pennsylvania College of Technology for administrative purposes last fall.