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Hi-Desert Cultural Center Wins Grant for Kids Summer Theater

Hi-Desert Cultural Center Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant for its Summer Youth Theater, Music, and Arts programs

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support its top-awarded youth theater, music, and arts education programs this summer.  Each year, youth in grades 1-12 are invited to enroll and be a part of this flagship summer arts program that takes place at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, the regional arts center for the Joshua Tree National Park gateway communities.  Students receive hands-on, in-depth instruction in theater arts (acting, dancing, singing, and theater technologies), instrumental music, and visual arts.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support the excellence and diversity of arts programs across the country, including organizations like the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, that make the arts accessible to people in the Southern California desert and further enhances the vitality of their communities,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.
“We are honored to have been sought out and recognized by the NEA for the extraordinary programs that our hardworking volunteers and staff create for the benefit of our communities and youth,” stated HDCC President Jarrod Radnich.  “The Cultural Center has never turned a child away from arts education due to their socioeconomic situation, and this NEA grant helps ensure the continued success of that mission.”
Enrollment for the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s summer arts programs will open May 8th and will include the theatrical production and Southern California desert premier of DreamWorks’ new musical, Madagascar Jr., among many other music and arts offerings.
To receive more information on the programs, go to www.HiDesertCulturalCenter.org and sign-up for the the e-newsletter or send an email to artsacademy@hidesertculturalcenter.org.  Individuals and businesses interested in being a part the program or in helping support youth scholarships are encouraged to contact the Cultural Center at the above email or call 760.366.3777 Ext. 3.


ABOUT THE HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER
Located in Joshua Tree, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center is an over half-century non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that serves as the regional performing and visual arts center for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park.  The Cultural Center operates its own performance venues and produces live theater, concerts, art exhibits, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, an extensive educational arts and technology academy for youth and adults, and more.  It operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
The NEA is the federal agency that supports and funds the arts to give all Americans the opportunity to experience creativity and participate in the arts. NEA programs and funding support thousands of activities in communities large and small across the country. To learn more about the National Endowment for the Arts, please visit arts.gov. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at @NEAarts.




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