Oregon Children's Theatre Receives $50,000 Grant from Hearst Foundations

Oregon Children's Theatre Receives $50,000 Grant from Hearst Foundations

Oregon Children's Theatre (OCT) is pleased to announce that it has received a $50,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations. The grant is to support theater education services and community outreach programs to engage disadvantaged youth.

Oregon Children's Theatre will apply this grant toward:
Professional development workshops, previews, and resource guides for teachers
Student playbills
Free and discounted tickets and free in-school residencies (such as our Loud and Clear public speaking program or Read, Write, & Act) for economically disadvantaged schools
Young Playwrights for Change (OCT's Bully Project: An Anti-Bullying Playwriting Initiate for middle schoolers)
Our year round Acting Academy and Young Professionals mentoring program
Social service agency partnerships (with groups such as Friends of the Children; Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Children's Cancer Association, and many more).

About the Hearst Foundations:
The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health and social services. The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.

The Hearst Foundation, Inc. was founded by William Randolph Hearst in 1945. In 1948 Hearst established the California Charities Foundations, later renamed The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Both Foundations are guided by the same charitable mission, which reflects the philanthropic interests of their founder.

Since inception, the Foundations have made over 19,000 grants totaling more than $925 million. The current asset value of the Foundations is approximately $825 million.

About Oregon Children's Theatre:
Founded in 1988, Oregon Children's Theatre has served over two million children, teachers, and families. OCT is Oregon's largest non-profit professional children's theater company and a resident company of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are held weekdays for school audiences and on weekends for family audiences. OCT serves more than 120,000 children of all ages each year. OCT offers numerous school services including study guides, teacher professional development opportunities, in-school workshops, and an extensive outreach program. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, our Educational Theatre Program provides free touring productions that promote healthy living. OCT's year round Acting Academy offers theater classes for children ages 3-18.

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