Henderson Area Arts Alliance Check Presentation 2.6.2020

HENDERSON, Ky. (2/12/20) — Henderson Area Arts Alliance has been awarded a $6,000 grant from International Paper’s Henderson Mill and the International Paper Foundation.

Funds will provide 1,250 copies of the treasured children’s tale Charlotte's Web, which will be given to all second- and third-grade students in Henderson County, HAAA said in a press release.

On March 17, as part of HAAA’s Arts in the Schools program, all Henderson County second and third graders, including those from Holy Name Catholic School, will attend a free performance of Charlotte’s Web presented by TheaterWorks. At the conclusion of the show, each student will receive their very own copy of Charlotte’s Web thanks to the generosity and support from International Paper, Alliance spokesman Bill Starks said. The performance is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte who must find a way to save her friend from becoming someone’s dinner. Charlotte’s Web explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.

“With support from generous donors like International Paper the Henderson Area Arts Alliance is committed to advancing arts education opportunities for children, students, and families in our community,” said HAAA Interim Co-Director Sherry Chandler.

“Each year we partner with Henderson County Schools and Holy Name School to provide residency workshops, master class instruction, and childhood literacy programs in all our schools, and special programming at the Preston Fine Arts Center specifically for youth,” adds Kay Smith, who is also serving as HAAA Interim Co-Director.

The International Paper Foundation is one of the ways International Paper strives to reach its vision to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world, the organization explained. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where its employees live and work.

Funding priority is given to programs related to its signature causes: education, hunger, health and wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve the planet. For more information, visit ipgiving.com.

“At International Paper, we believe our company cannot succeed if our communities do not succeed,” said Cindy Hendren, Henderson Mill Manager. “We are proud to support HAAA as they strive to make an impact on arts education outreach for our youth in Henderson.”

About HAAA
The mission of the Henderson Area Arts Alliance is to create a vibrant community by providing quality arts experiences for all.

Pictured left to right are HAAA Interim Directors Sherry Chandler and Kay Smith accepting the $6,000 grant award from International Paper's EHS Manager Clint Diamond and Mill Manager Cynthia Hendren.

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