ATC gets $40,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase

October 9, 2011

JPMorgan Chase awarded Arizona Theatre Company a $40,000 grant to help fund educational outreach programs.

ATC’s AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories initiative brings F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby to the ATC mainstage and will be the first professional play many Arizona students will experience. Expansion of the Student Matinee Series provides opportunities to rural Arizona students who would otherwise not have access to urban arts and cultural experiences.

Events sponsored through this generous grant will provide the opportunity for Arizona Theatre Company artists and education staff to visit schools throughout the region, providing pre-show and post-show student workshops.

These in-depth sessions offer behind-the-scenes insights and specific curriculum that teachers may incorporate into their lesson plans to teach this classic American story. Students will also attend a matinee performance of The Great Gatsby at ATC’s mainstage venues in Phoenix or Tucson, immediately followed by discussions with ATC artists and educational staff. 

“We are incredibly grateful for our longstanding support from JPMorgan Chase,” said ATC’s Managing Director Mark Cole. “This generous gift will support our statewide education programs about The Great Gatsby, the featured play in our AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories. Theatre has the power to transform and illuminate our lives, and we are proud to partner with JPMorgan Chase on this initiative.”  

JPMorgan Chase has funded Arizona Theatre Company’s community outreach programming with $95,000 in grants since their 2009/2010 season.  

“Funding Arizona Theatre Company’s efforts to reach kids around the state is Chase’s way of investing in a cultural treasure and help build a future generation of patrons,” said Joe Stewart, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase in Arizona. “We’re especially proud to support the outreach to communities that don’t often experience professional theatre.”