Center College’s Norton Center for the Arts is hosting its second annual Arts for the Classroom Ticket Subsidy (ACTS) Fund Challenge through May 10, 2019. Donations to the fund subsidize free or deeply discounted student matinee tickets, helping to ensure that all area children have access to life-changing arts experiences regardless of their financial circumstances.

ACTS student matinee tickets are available to qualifying public schools, allowing regional students the opportunity to engage with acclaimed performing artists without leaving Central Kentucky. The program has provided free arts experiences to more than 10,000 students over the last seven years.

“ACTS began in 2012, in response to an outcry from local educators for financial assistance,” Norton Center Executive Director Steve Hoffman said. “We wanted to develop a program that would make a meaningful impact within our own communities, and thanks to the generosity of area foundations, corporations, and many individual community members, we’ve been able to do just that.”

Hoffman continued, “Last year, we doubled our goal in just two weeks with our first-ever ACTS Fund Challenge. This year, we’ve upped the goal to $7,500 and we’re hoping for similar results.”

During the 2018-2019 Season, the Norton Center gave nearly 2,000 free student matinee tickets to performances of The Westerlies, a New York-based brass quartet; the American Shakespeare Center’s Comedy of Errors; pop-cellist Gabriel Royal; vocal ensemble Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar; and Theatre Unspeakable’s American Revolution.

Coinciding with National Teacher Appreciation Week, community members are being challenged to help the Norton Center connect even more students to the power of the arts. Every $8.00 donated allows one child to attend a student matinee for free, and a $250 gift subsidizes the cost for an entire classroom.

“When you give to the Norton Center’s ACTS program, you are opening doors for children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to be exposed to the arts,” Mercer County Elementary School teacher Teresea Harley said. “You are helping to create a level playing field.”

While donations to the ACTS Fund are accepted and greatly appreciated at any time, local community partner DEAL, Inc. has generously offered a $2,500 matching gift for all donations made through May 10. One-hundred percent of each tax-deductible gift supports arts experiences for area students—making an impact that will last a lifetime.

Those wishing to support the ACTS Fund Challenge may make gifts online at www.nortoncenter.com/education/acts; in person or by check to The Norton Center, 600 West Walnut Street, Danville, Kentucky 40422 (please note “ACTS” in the memo); or by calling 859-236-4692.

About Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts
The Norton Center is home to an annual performing arts season of professional touring presentations. It is also the primary venue on campus for music and theatrical productions, lectures, other convocations and live student entertainment. The Norton Center has two venues: the 1,470-seat Newlin Hall, known for its acoustics, and the warm and intimate 367-seat Weisiger Theatre. The Norton Center also boasts a large art collection with many of the works on display in the Grand Foyer and throughout campus.

For more information, contact the box office at 859-236-4692 or toll free at 1-877-HIT-SHOW (448-7469). To buy tickets online, request a brochure, or for additional information on other performing artists, please visit NortonCenter.com. For insider information and updates from our performers this season, follow us on Twitter, become a fan of the Norton Center on Facebook, or find the Center on Instagram.