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Beck Center Announces Increased Financial Assistance in 2014

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Donations in 2013 provide more resources for arts education students 19 and under

The Beck Center for the Arts is proud to announce that because of the generosity of its patrons, the Financial Assistance Program has doubled its support for the arts education of students age 19 and under for the coming year. Because of this outpouring of support, the program will be able to cover the cost of tuition (or a portion thereof) for qualifying students beginning with the Winter/Spring Semester that kicks off January 27, 2014. Students are asked to submit their applications prior to January 17, 2014 since assistance opportunities decrease after that date.

Historically, the Beck Center has provided nearly $15,000 annually to help students with financial needs to take arts education classes. During the 80th anniversary gala “Spotlight” that was held in October one of the auction goals was to cover the cost of the Financial Assistance Program.

“Our attendees responded so generously, we ended up raising a total of $33,000 which will serve approximately 120 students in 2014,” remarked Beck Center President & CEO Lucinda Einhouse. “It is a testament to how positively our community feels about the impact of arts education for our children.”

Financial assistance will be applied over the next three semesters in varying increments according to need. “We now have the largest pool of funds that will provide artistic opportunities for more of our community members,” commented Beck Center Director of Education Edward Gallagher, MT-BC. Students ages 19 and under are eligible to apply for assistance for classes in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. Limited assistance is available for private music lessons and Creative Arts Therapies sessions. “As a result of our generous donors and members of the Beck Center family, more kids than ever will attend classes at Beck Center where they can tell their story and creating art experiences.”

The application along with rules and regulations can be found at beckcenter.org or by calling Customer Service at 216.521.2540 x10. Questions regarding the Financial Assistance Program can be directed to Edward Gallagher at (216)
521-2540 x12.

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies, and gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and international artists. For more information about Beck Center, visit beckcenter.org.

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