PRESS RELEASE — NWCT Awarded $170,000 in Technology Grants


NWCT Awarded $170,000 in Technology Grants

Friday, October 17, 2014

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NW Children’s Theater & School (NWCT) has received two grant awards from the Meyer Memorial Trust and The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, of $118,850 and $53,000 respectively, to acquire new technologies to improve the theatrical experience, move class registration online, and replace aging computers, lighting systems, and theater technology.

NWCT’s award from the Meyer Memorial Trust will allow it to purchase new computers, tablets, stage lighting and sound equipment, and replace the NWCT Mainstage’s aging electrical systems. All of this translates into a smoother, friendlier experience for NWCT families and a dramatic increase in the capabilities of NWCT’s Mainstage productions. This award arrives just in time to help develop its most ambitious season to date, featuring the smash hit musical adaptation of Mary Poppins, an Indian dance-infused re-telling of The Jungle Book, and a high-flying world premiere of The Little Mermaid featuring Portland aerial dance company AWOL.

NWCT’s award from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation has secured NWCT a state of the art online class registration system, enabling families to register for theater classes and camps online for the first time. Responding to the needs of modern families facing hectic schedules in an increasingly digital world, NWCT is proud to be the first theater school in Portland to offer do-it-yourself online registration.

The Meyer Memorial Trust
The mission of The Meyer Memorial Trust is to work with and invest in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon.

Founded by Fred G. Meyer in 1982, the Meyer Memorial Trust carries on his legacy and values: to innovate, take risks, embrace diversity, adapt to changing circumstances, contribute to economic development/parity and to develop the power of the mind.

The Trust fulfills their mission using a mix of strategic, proactive and responsive investments, including grantmaking, loans, initiatives, commissioning research, supporting policy advocacy and a range of community and nonprofit engagement strategies.

The James F. Marion L. Miller Foundation
An independent private foundation, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation was established in 2002 to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians through support of the Arts and Education. It is committed to fulfilling James F. “Jimmy” Miller’s legacy of commitment to the literature, ballet, music, the arts, and other cultures by supporting the arts and education throughout the state of Oregon.

NW Children’s Theater & School
NWCT was founded in 1993 with a mission to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of young audiences. NWCT offers four Mainstage productions a season, year-round theater classes and camps, five pre-professional training programs, and an extensive educational outreach program.

NWCT offers a wide range of introductory and advanced theater classes to 3,500 children ages 3-18 annually. Students with a special passion for theater may also participate in one of five pre-professional training programs, or even audition to perform in NWCT’s Mainstage productions, which serve over 68,000 students and families a year. NWCT’s Educational Outreach programs enrich curriculum, after school activities, and classrooms with arts instruction to 86 schools annually, including 35 Title I schools. These programs underscore NWCT’s commitment to introducing the magic of theater to the next generation.


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Release Date: October 17, 2014

Kill Date: December 17, 2014

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