Donna Reed Foundation Continues to Evolve


News Release - for immediate release - 1/05/10

Contact: Tim Tracy, Managing Director

The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts announced today that it is exploring ways to expand its program into year-round experiences for the public. "There is an old saying that the only permanent thing in life is change," said Molly Paulsrud, managing director. "We are looking at changes that remain true to the original purpose of the Foundation but reach wider audiences and interest groups in our communities."

The new educational experiences and activities will "refocus" on broader areas of the entertainment arts, while still serving important past functions like the summer Children's Musical Theater and Scholarship programs. "Opportunities in the performing arts in the Midwest have greatly expanded through technology," said Paulsrud. "Donna Reed had a great interest in helping young people in the performing arts and we want to continue that legacy for our students. Our goal is to offer learning opportunities to students and teachers that are less expensive and tailored for busy schedules. This might involve partnerships with organizations having similar interests in the entertainment arts and taking the learning opportunities to their community in the form of weekend seminars that will replace our current week-long summer workshop program."

While the summer workshop program ends in favor of year-round formats, the popular Children's Musical Theater program will remain a large part of the Foundation's summer activities in June. It will continue to feature a musical production with the possible expansion of entertainment arts related activities for children.

The Donna Reed Scholarship program will undergo changes to make it more available to area students. The Foundation will also continue to deliver events that involve the community. These include the Wine and Beer Tasting Event, The Red Carpet Event, museum and archive activities, and quality live entertainment. The Foundation will also be exploring new events such as bringing live theater back to the Donna Reed Theatre stage.

Over the past 24 years, the Donna Reed Foundation has seen numerous changes in its program. The community is invited to be a part of future changes. Please feel free to contact the Donna Reed Foundation office with ideas, comments or questions at 1305 Broadway, Denison, IA 51442, e-mail or phone 712-263-3334.

The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to memorialize Donna Reed's accomplishment and perpetuate her deep commitment to youth, education, and the performing arts.


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