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            Mayor Mufi Hannemann has awarded a $20,000 City grant to the Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) in support of its 2007-2008 season.


The grant supports the production of at least five free community performances as an extension of HTY’s educational outreach programs.


The mayor is scheduled to present the check to HTY on December 22 as part of the opening for the 1:30 p.m. showing of The Very Best of Christmas Talk Story at Tenney Theatre.


Mayor Hannemann said, “The Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s educational outreach offerings has enriched thousands of children and their families throughout the community. It is a pleasure for the City to support an organization that has an international reputation in making a difference to children of all ages, families, and educators.”


The community performances are directed to children and families in the community who otherwise are not able to attend HTY performances at Tenney Theatre or at school shows.


The performances will take place by June 2008. At least two of the performances will be presented to the youths in the Olomana Correctional Facility.


            Founded in 1955, HTY is Hawaii’s only professional nonprofit theatre. The grant was awarded by the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA). Funding by MOCA supports HTY’s efforts to broaden its reach in the community.




Dymian Racoma, Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, 527-5288



Friday, December 07, 2007

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