Van Wezel Foundation receives $20,000 grant for children to see live performances

The Van Wezel Foundation has received a $20,000 grant from the Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation to help young children see live performances free.

The grant will continue the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Total Access to the Arts Program, which has been funded by the Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation since 2011. The program is designed to provide families with young children, facing financial challenges, the opportunity to experience several live performances at the Van Wezel free accompanied by a preshow dinner.

The Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation will send up to 20 families to two or more performances during the 2016-17 main stage season.

The hope is to inspire children interested in pursuing the arts to follow their dreams and create positive family experiences, according to officials. Families are recruited by collaborations between the Van Wezel Education Department, Boys and Girls Club, Laurel Civic Association, Early Learning Coalition and Alta Vista Eagle Academy.