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Businesses Use State Program To Support Educational Programs At Playhouse

The funding will support programs for students.

Students and cast of “White Christmas” after a matinee event.
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Seven local companies used the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program to sent a total of $67,500 to support the Bucks County Playhouse’s educational programs.

The grants, which ranged from $2,500 to $25,000, were provided by a diverse group of businesses, including the Fred Beans Family of Dealerships, Megawholesale, Inc., Waste Management, PECO, Brotherston Homecare, Inc., Sentex Settlement Services, Inc., and Meridian Bank.

The support this year marks a significant increase from previous years, with contributions more than doubling, Bucks County Playhouse management said.

Adele Adkins, the Managing Director of Bucks County Playhouse, expressed profound gratitude for the generosity of the local corporations.

“This year we received more than double the funds from the year prior. That means we can expand the reach of our programs and consequently have a broader impact on local youth,” she said. “We are immensely grateful for the support from these local businesses and appreciate their commitment to arts education and the transformative power it has on our youth.”

The Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope Borough is known for its educational programs, which include workshops led by theater professionals, arts educators, and a variety of classes and performance opportunities for individuals of all ages. Students from all part of the county take part in the programs.

The Bucks County Playhouse. File photo.
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The funding from the EITC Program will enable the playhouse to further its mission of serving students, teachers, and artists.

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program is administered by the state and incentivizes corporations and qualifying individuals to support nonprofit organizations through contributions that are rewarded with tax credits.

“These funds allow us to expand our impact through captivating youth arts education programs — provided at little or no cost to Bucks County youth and local schools. The education programs not only help students increase their understanding and appreciation of the arts, but they also gain a proficiency in self-expression, an awareness of their connection to others, and a greater understanding of their emotional lives while discovering how best to manage their attitudes and behaviors for success,” said Michaela Murphy, director of education at the playhouse.

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