Beck Center announces increased Financial Assistance in 2014
Lakewood: Beck Center for the Arts has announced that due to the generosity of its supporters, their Financial Assistance Program has twice the usual support for arts education students ages 19 and under in the coming year.
Starting with the Winter/Spring Semester that begins the week of January 27, 2014, the program will cover the cost of tuition or a portion thereof for qualifying students. Applications should be submitted by January 17, 2014, as assistance opportunities decrease after the recommended date.
Beck Center provides approximately $15,000 annually to enable students with financial need to take arts education classes. At its 80th anniversary gala, Spotlight, in October, one of the auction goals was to cover the cost of the Financial Assistance Program. “Our attendees responded so generously, we ended up raising a total of $33,000 which will serve approximately 120 students in 2014,” said Beck Center President & CEO Lucinda Einhouse. “It is a testament to how positively our community feels about the impact of arts education for our children.”
Financial assistance will be applied over the next three semesters in varying increments according to need. “We now have the largest pool of funds that will provide artistic opportunities for more of our community members,” commented Beck Center Director of Education Edward Gallagher, MT-BC.
Students ages 19 and under are eligible to apply for assistance for classes in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. Limited assistance is available for private music lessons and Creative Arts Therapies sessions. “As a result of our generous donors and members of the Beck Center family, more kids than ever will attend classes at Beck Center where they can tell their story and creating art experiences,” concluded Gallagher.
The application and rules/regulations can be found at beckcenter.org or by calling Customer Service at 216.521.2540 x10. Questions regarding the Financial Assistance Program can be directed to Edward Gallagher at 216.521.2540 x12.
Note: Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies, and gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and international artists.