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Grant aids college arts center use
The Palo Verde College Board of Trustees and Foundation accepted a $25,000 check from Southern California Edison in support of performances and events in the new Performing Arts Center.
The Palo Verde College Board of Trustees and Foundation accepted a $25,000 check from Southern California Edison in support of performances and events in the new Performing Arts Center.
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BLYTHE - Palo Verde College has received a $25,000 grant to help support musical, theatrical and dance performances in the new Fine and Performing Arts Center. The funding came from Southern California Edison and was presented Friday night prior to the Mr. Blythe Pageant, the second major event in the theater since it opened last October (the first being the Miss Blythe Pageant last December).

Stephanie Slagan, PVC administrative service technician, wrote the grant and walked it through the funding process.

College Board President Millie Rodriguez and PVC Foundation Vice-President Teresa Houston received the check on behalf of the college. Jennifer Cusack, SCE Regional Public Affairs Officer, made the presentation.

The PVC arts center complex includes a 394-seat theatre, plus recital hall, interior courtyard for outdoor performances, and facilities for art, music, theatre, piano, ceramics and jewelry classes, both credit and non-credit.

The grant will help fund :

• Technical support for lighting and sound.

• Materials and supplies for costumes, props and sets.

• Purchase or rental of music, scripts and other copyrighted materials.

• Marketing and promotional materials.

• Performances by professional musical and theatre groups.

• Art presentations.

PVC will be establishing a Community Advisory Committee to seek input as to the cultural and theatrical interests of the community. Persons interested in participating may email Stephanie Slagan at Stephanie.slagan@paloverde.edu.

Use of the theater or any of the college's facilities by non-profits and for-profit community groups is regulated by the Education Codes' Civic Center Act, which permits various uses by non-profit groups that serve youth at costs only associated with set-up, clean-up, and technical support (rent-free) and minimal rental fees and associated operational costs for other non-profit and community organizations. For-profit groups or organizations (including churches), may rent the facility at fair market value and pay associated operational costs related to the specific event.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Resident of Blythe

Great news on the grant. Can you write another for a new hospital up at the college?

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: Laguna Dujon

Way to go Blythe! The ones who manage you made made a semi-conciencious decision to contribute to local education and help prevent pre-marital pregnancies.

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