Thursday, September 27, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Maywood Fine Arts participants. | Spooner Baumann
A Maywood nonprofit was among 17 arts organizations across northern Illinois to receive a grant of up to $10,000 from ComEd and the League of Chicago Theatres.
In a statement released on Sept. 27, ComEd and the League announced that Maywood Fine Arts, the venerable arts nonprofit that offers daily instruction in a range of areas — including dance, painting, tumbling and music — was chosen to receive $10,000 to continue providing arts-related instruction to children in the village and beyond.
The League of Chicago Theatres is “an alliance of theatres which leverages its collective strength to promote, support, and advocate for Chicago’s theatre industry locally, nationally, and internationally,” according to the statement.
Other recipients of the grants included the Alma Dance Theater in Wheaton, the About Face Theatre in Chicago and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.
According to the statement, the grantees ranged “from local theaters to art galleries” and are working on “projects that expand access to arts and cultural offerings for underserved audiences in the communities ComEd serves.”
ComEd and League officials said that this is the first year that the two entities have partnered for what’s called the Powering the Arts Program.
“Both organizations are committed to supporting institutions that broaden exposure and access to the arts to enhance the vibrancy of the community,” the statement reads.
“This unique program fulfills that mission by supporting a range of projects, from a dance training program for children with disabilities to transportation to theatrical performances for the economically disadvantaged.”
Joe Dominguez, the CEO of ComEd, stated that the company’s mission “goes beyond providing safe and reliable energy. It means enriching the lives of the people who live there.”
Deb Clapp, the CEO of the League, said that “we believe exposure to the arts is vitally important to the health of our communities. In partnership with ComEd, we can make that vision a reality for underserved audiences and fulfill our mission of enhancing the art of theater in the Chicago area.”
Officials with Maywood Fine Arts could not immediately be reached for comment on early Thursday evening. VFP
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