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$10,000 awarded to Gallagher Bluedorn to bring arts to youth

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) — UNI is reporting that Gallagher Bluedorn has been awarded $10,000 by the Iowa Arts Council to aid the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth. The Series is a program that brings national touring theater productions to over 40,000 of the area's youth.

The Kaleidoscope Series acts as supplementary education in classroom learning. Each season, performances address issues like poverty, race and other forms of difference. Since the program began in 2000, it has reached over 625,000 young people in Iowa.

"Gallagher Bluedorn’s various educational programs broaden youth’s understanding and participation in the arts among communities throughout Iowa and serves its mission: to inspire. We value the power of the arts to influence and transform the lives of all people, strengthening and improving our communities."

Amy Hunzelman, Education and Special Projects Director at Gallagher Bluedorn

The staff is currently looking at numerous models if live performances and field trips are in question. This includes virtual Kaleidoscope learning for at home or in the classroom.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awarded $2,018,052 through 176 grants across Iowa for creative projects, community initiatives, cultural organizations, small businesses and individuals.

"These funds are critical to help sustain arts, film, heritage and cultural vibrancy across the state and showcase Iowa’s world-class cultural programs and destinations with help from our state’s hard-working artists, historic caretakers and creative business owners. It is important that we support our creative economy when this sector needs it more than ever."

"Through this funding we hope to provide cultural experiences in our rural communities and larger cities with a challenge to promote diversity and inclusion."

Chris Kramer, Director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

For more information, visit the Gallagher Bluedorn website.

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