WHITEFIELD, N.H. — The Weathervane Theatre recently announced receipt of a $20,000 grant from the Local Grants Program of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund through The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund supports projects in Coös County, NH and bordering communities in the U.S. and Canada focusing on community revitalization. The purpose of the grant is to provide current and rising high school seniors in Coös County a pair of tickets to a production of their choice at the Weathervane Theatre, and to revamp Windsock, Weathervane’s summer day camp program. “The overall goal is to increase the next generation’s exposure to live professional theatre as well as participation in the performing arts,” says Weathervane marketing associate Carrie Greenberg.
“At the core of our mission is the belief everyone should have access to quality live theatre and education,” said director of development Jorge Donoso. “Studies show curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students in school. Coös County has an 11% dropout rate between ages 15-24, twice the national average of 5.4%, making the arts in this county vital. While we believe the Theatre has had a positive impact on the region, there is still work to be done.”
In addition to the new student ticket program, grant funds will go to the touring leg of Patchwork Players, Weathervane’s children’s theatre programming, to make it more accessible to North Country communities.
Students eligible for this program must be graduating from a high school in Coös County in 2021 or 2022. To claim tickets, students must show proof via school ID. Students may start claiming tickets as early as May 15, 2021. For more details regarding this program, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Donoso at email@example.com.