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2018 Major Grants
Ariel Foundation, a sustaining partner since 2011, funds crucial infrastructure ensuring MTVarts pursuit of artistic excellence to build a thriving community. Their gift in 2018 supported the traveling exhibit "Anne Frank: A History for Today."
The Ariel Foundation
The Ariel Foundation
2018 Major Grants
The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County are longtime supporters of MTVarts' educational programs. In 2018, their grant partially funds artsIQ "Can Do Kids" with the workshop intensives and production of both Annie JR and Annie KIDS at the Memorial Theater.
The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County
The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County
2017 Major Grants
Mount Vernon Elks believe that charity is the greatest of all virtues and that by sharing and giving, we have the power to replace sorrow and despair with hope and confidence. Their sustaining support helps MTVarts improve the quality of life and build stronger community.
Mount Vernon Elks Lodge #140
Mount Vernon Elks Lodge #140
2018 Major Grants
The Youth Philanthropy Initiative has been a longtime supporter of the MTVarts Classics Series, educational outreach for secondary students. In 2018 they provided support for the production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" which was seen by 1,200 students.
CFMCKC - Youth Philanthropy Initiative
CFMCKC - Youth Philanthropy Initiative
Beauty and the Beast 2007
Peter Pan 2008
12 Angry Men
1920s Speakeasy
1950s Sock Hop
Aladdin Jr
Alice in Wonderland Jr
Beauty and the Beast 2016
Mary Poppins (2015)
The Little Mermaid Jr
The Miracle Worker
Death of a Salesman

MTVarts Blog

  • The power of live theatre

    Written by Bruce Jacklin We at MTVarts often talk of the power of live theater and how it influences our artsIQ participants? What starts out in a workshop setting culminates into a full theatrical production. Having taught for more years than I would like to admit, I’ve seen first hand that theater makes for smarter, braver human beings. Theater helps connect the head to the heart.Theater also connects to the importance of reading. A play has the ability to jump a story off the page and bring it to life. This can be a revelation to regular bookworms, but also a connection to reluctant readers. Part of what is happening on stage is very similar to the roleplaying all children Read More
  • Tales from the Pit - A Drum Too Far

    I am a drummer. It’s not my day job, it’s not my hobby – it’s my way of life. By trade, I work as a Vice President for one of the largest banks on the planet. By spirit, I am a drummer. Why? Well, it started when I was given my first “Country Western” beginners drum set for Christmas at the age of 5. I have to assume my parents were either gluttons for punishment or they just wanted me to beat on something besides the furniture. Because I was born with the blessed curse of constant rhythm in my head. So, I drum. Always. I describe drumming as a “blessed curse” because it’s both a natural gift I was Read More
  • An Addams “Family Affair”

    Mark:To me, being able to have my family with me in MTVArts has been a blessing. It all started with Mom and I doing a show together and eventually Mom dragged Dad in, and now, here we are. Theater has given the three of us something in common in our public lives. We have been able to talk about shows and what we like about them, our opinions on certain songs, and on how we like to play our characters. Also, personally for me it has been nice being in this show with both of my parents because this is my last show with MTVArts before I move away for college and I don’t know when I will be able Read More
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Otho Eyster and Carol Garner
Otho Eyster and Carol Garner Retired Judge
The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does. We feel MTVarts has a crucial impact on our economy and is an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our community.
We are fortunate to have an organization like MTVarts in our local community. They offer cultural experiences that some folks might not get to enjoy otherwise. It’s important that our communities have opportunities for a variety of performing arts activities and MTVarts more than fills that need.
MTVarts supports the education of the whole individual. Participants learn about theater and performance, but they also discover strengths within themselves that had they not worked with MTVarts, those skills might remain hidden.
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