WORCESTER – The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts announced on Friday that they have received a $10,000 Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Adopt-A-School Program.

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter said, “The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal and to celebrate.”

“We are honored to have this support and recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Meghan Montaner, director of education for The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory. “Our Adopt-A-School program is a labor of love meant to provide access to the arts for all students. Our work over the last six years has exposed thousands of students to their first live theatrical performance.”

Hanover Theatre’s Adopt-A-School program was created in 2013 to provide a school-wide arts program for South High School. The program now also includes youth from Burncoat High School and South and introduces these students to Broadway theatre.

This year, Hanover Theatre will partner with the national tour of Gloria Estefan’s Broadway musical On Your Feet!. Students will have time to interact with the cast members before the show and will be able to attend the show for free.  Select students will also have the chance to perform in the megamix finale alongside the cast.

An exclusive daytime matinee performance of the show will be presented for the schools on Thursday, March 28 at 11 AM. Student work and projects will be displayed in the theatre’s lobby during the public performances of the show happening Thursday, March 27 – Sunday, March 31.

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