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CPH to partner with United Way and Cleveland School District in new program

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Cleveland Play House announces partnership to help improve academic success through the arts in the Cleveland School System

Program is part of the wraparound strategy for academic achievement created by United Way and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Cleveland Playhouse recently announced that it is committing its resources in offering social service support as part of a program to improve the academic success at Cleveland’s Robert Jamison Elementary School. The program is part of a strategy that was developed by the United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

CPH joins thirteen other non-profit associations that have been named “lead agencies” in this new program. In all, seventeen schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District have been assigned these “lead agencies” who will assist in turing these various schools into thriving centers of learning.

The program calls for the hiring of full-time site coordinators to serve as liaisons between the arts groups and the schools. Each “lead agency” will host community meetings where families are invited to strategize and address the most pressing needs of the school. This allows for a custom tailored program that is designed to meet the needs of the students, families and surrounding community.

“At CPH, our core values are Artistry, Education and Community.” says Artistic Director Laura Kepley. “Our work with Robert Jamison School will be a living example of those values in action. We are grateful to the United Way for the opportunity to serve our community in this deep, immersive and meaningful way.”

The concept of using art to educate is nothing new to CPH (the nation’s first regional theatre). CPH Director of Education Pamela DiPasquale states, “We think of arts as a social service.”

The fact is, education programs are a key part of CPH’s mission with more than 5,000 students and staff attending free matinees or touring the theaters at CPH each year. CPH also regularly collaborates with schools and educators through programs such as the artist-in-residence program, where educators are assigned a CPH mentor who assists them in integrating an arts-based curriculum into the classroom. In addition, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Hospital sponsors the Classroom Matinee Touring Program, and KeyBank has been the longtime sponsor of the KeyBank CPH College program.

Founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House is America’s first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, Cleveland Play House has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. It has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,300 CPH productions. Cleveland Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. We also thank the residents of Cuyahoga County for supporting Cleveland Play House through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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