Norton Center receives $10,000 Arts Council grant
May 2, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger
bring opportunities to seniors in the community. Above,
McDowell Place brought guests to see “Notes from the Balcony.”
“Our program focuses on the performances offered at the
Norton Center,” says Steve Hoffman, executive director of the
Norton Center. Above, the Boston Brass performs at McDowell
Through funds from the Arts Council grant, residents at
McDowell Place learned about “Notes from the Balcony”
through research done on laptops provided by the Boyle
County Public Library.
The Norton Center for the Arts recently received a $10,000 grant from the Kentucky Arts Council that will allow it to partner with the Boyle County Public Library in offering activities and performances to the growing community of seniors in Danville and Boyle County.
“Our program focuses on the performances offered at the Norton Center,” says Steve Hoffman, executive director of the Norton Center. “The activities will feature the music, story, theme or other connections made to the Norton Center performances and participants of these activities will receive free tickets to attend the performance at the Norton Center.”
Working with the Boyle County Public Library is a natural pairing for the Norton Center.
“By partnering with the library, we are reaching seniors who are already served by the library in a variety of ways. This partnership allows two groups with separate missions but similar common goals to collaborate and provide more meaningful activities to our community than we could as individual organizations,” Hoffman says. “It’s a win-win-win, where our mutual constituents benefit from all of our services.”
The grant provides funds for three programs—one of which, “Notes from the Balcony,” performed by the Boston Brass and the Enso String Quartet, has already taken place and was extremely successful.
“The Boston Brass played a 45-minute concert at McDowell Place [a senior community in Danville],” Hoffman says. “The library also has a program where they bring laptops into the senior center and teach seniors how to use the Internet. [As part of the grant program], the seniors did queries on the laptops related to ‘Notes from the Balcony,’ Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, musicians, composers and related YouTube videos. By researching our program, they received a free ticket to the performance.”
Hoffman was glad to see residents of McDowell taking advantage of the grant by attending “Notes from the Balcony.”
“Seeing the bus from McDowell Place arrive and knowing that some of the residents who attended the activities were now coming to the Norton Center to see the performance was the icing on the cake,” he says. “They valued the activities and were excited to get to come see the show.”
The next two programs funded by the grant will take place during the 2013-14 Norton Center season. Hoffman hopes that involvement will be high and that the grant will give visibility to the opportunities the Norton Center offers to the local community.
“With Danville listed as a top place to retire, we’re seeing people move here, and one of the main reasons is that there is a college nearby. If we demonstrate that Centre can provide lifelong learning opportunities, it could enhance someone’s quality of life,” he says. “We want to draw on the correlation that the College is a resource for the community and adds value to the community.”
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