Williamsport, Pa. 7/07/2020– The Community Arts Center is pleased to announce it has received a $5000 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will go to support the 2020-2021 Educational Series.

The Community Arts Center’s Educational Series is a first step in enhancing the quality of life in our community, a first step in laying a strong foundation for the appreciation of the arts. Studies show that an arts education improves communication skills, increases empathy in the student population and is linked to cognitive growth, reading ability, creative thinking skills, overall engagement in school, and increased graduation rates.

The Educational Series primarily serves 9 school districts in two counties, Lycoming and Sullivan. The school districts include Williamsport, South Williamsport, East Lycoming, Montoursville, Jersey Shore, Muncy, Sullivan, Loyalsock, and Montgomery. All grades, K-12, from these districts are invited to attend professional live performances designated for each grade level. Annually, this program serves between 5 and 8,000 students at no cost to them.

“Exposure through the Educational Series opens the CAC to entire families and fosters familiarity and love for the arts in future families to come,” explains Executive Director, Chuck Still.

The Community Arts Center’s primary focus is to bring great entertainment to Williamsport through the support of our community. Many young people do not have the opportunity to experience the arts, making the Series an essential education program beyond the classroom.

“Applications for additional support from various sources are still pending,” said Ana Gonzalez-White, Development Director. “We are grateful to the PPL Foundation for this award and for the long-standing relationship that allows our youth to experience exceptional theater.”

The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.

Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation supports organizations working to create vibrant, sustainable communities; promote diversity, equity and inclusion; and empower each citizen to fulfill her or his potential. The PPL Foundation contributes more than $3 million annually to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. To learn more, visit pplcares.com.

For more information about the programs offered by the Community Arts Center, visit caclive.com