Duluth Depot Foundation to Award Arts Education Scholarships – Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH – The Depot Foundation has launched a new “Arts for All” youth scholarship program that aims to cover tuition for all of its arts education, including classes, camps, workshops and school trips.

The Depot Foundation’s director of development, Jessica Peterson, said the purpose of the scholarship was to increase access for younger generations interested in arts education.

“With this new program, I hope to explore not just paying school fees for children, but are there other barriers we can help overcome?” said Peterson. Other barriers, Peterson said, include transportation or food.

Peterson said she hopes to ease the financial burden of participating in arts organizations at Depot.

The Arts for All Fellowship Program received funding from St. Luke’s and the Bretmin Charitable Foundation. Peterson said the program is just getting started, so they hope to receive additional donations and support from local businesses and businesses.

“I see a need here,” Peterson said. “There are kids who want to take acting, dance, art, music lessons and they just don’t have the resources and the support.”

Amber Burns, artistic director of Duluth Playhouse’s Family Theatre, said the new program will eliminate food, transportation and ticket costs for Playhouse schools for field trips in need.

“It can be so magical for these kids,” Burns said. “So the Depot Foundation offering this scholarship to schools to alleviate those barriers is really a great thing.”

Peterson said with more donations, they can provide more coverage for arts education opportunities. She added that she hopes to continue building the scholarship fund so the Depot Foundation can provide college scholarships to graduating high school students who plan to pursue a career in the arts.

This story originally mentioned an incorrect job title for Jessica Peterson along with the name of the founder of the Fellowship. Peterson is the director of development for the Depot Foundation. The Depot Foundation is the founder of the scholarship program. It was updated at 11:05 a.m. on January 14. The News Tribune regrets the error.

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