Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation helps launch IRT’s virtual season and renewal
“Reopening with Hope” grant provides needed resources, support for theatre and community
Indianapolis, Ind.—The Indiana Repertory Theatre’s 2020-2021 virtual season and continued safety measures were made possible through a generous grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation. This grant focused on helping arts organizations reopen and renew their mission, actions and values during this time of disruption, change, and reflection.
As part of the “Reopening with Hope” grant, which reviewed each applicant’s financial status, hopes for the organizational mission, and the way that diversity and equity are valued now and into the future, the IRT was awarded $20,000. This award supports the necessary pivot to virtual productions and educational content, but also the work surrounding the IRT’s INclusion Series, staff Equity, Diversity and Inclusion training, and providing a place where stories can be presented and shared, where issues of social justice that center on culture and race can be explored.
“We truly appreciate Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation’s continued support of arts organizations in this city and particularly their support of the IRT,” IRT’s Director of Development Jennifer C. Turner said. “Their stepping up to provide additional funding in a year when everything about how we serve the community has been impacted means so much.”
Thanks to this gift and community support, the IRT’s six-play virtual season was able to open in November 2020, and the season will continue through June 2021. The IRT has selected a collection of plays intended to give hope, celebrate community, and ask us to consider how we can mitigate our differences to make a better world.
“Their gift is providing needed resources that are allowing the IRT to make improvements in safety protocols as well as open a re-imagined virtual season that will serve the community and employee artists to tell our stories, artisans to create the magic on stage and administrators who provide the support for the work we do,” Turner said.
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Founded in 1971, the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) is the largest professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The mission of the Indiana Repertory Theatre is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge, and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.
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