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Grants Roundup

The Dayton Hudson Foundation’s largesse for arts and arts support orgs, and more.

Ten theatres are recipients of a portion of $3.3 million in grants given by the Dayton Hudson Foundation to arts organizations. According to Foundation chairman Peter C. Hutchinson, “These grants reflect Dayton Hudson’s belief in the importance of strong arts institutions to the vitality of our communities.” Five theatres received grants for general support: Boston Shakespeare Company ($2,000); Actors Theatre of St. Paul ($25,000); and At the Foot of the Mountain ($10,000), Illusion Theater ($11,000) and Playwright’s Center, all of Minneapolis ($22,500).

Grants underwriting productions were given to Berkeley Repertory Theatre ($10,000) and Dallas Theater Center ($5,000). Old Globe Theatre of San Diego received $25,000 for its educational Tour Playguides program; San Jose Repertory Company was awarded $15.000 for student outreach; and South Coast Repertory of Costa Mesa Calif. got $25,000 for its educational touring program. The affiliates through which Dayton Hudson Foundation releases its grants include Target Stores, Mervyn’s, Dayton Hudson Department Store Co., B. Dalton Bookseller and Lechmore, a New England retailer.

Two theatre service organizations also received Dayton Hudson grants. The Foundation for the Extension and Development of the American Professional Theatre FEDAPT was awarded $5,000 for general support and $25,000 for a governance series for Dayton Hudson Foundation-supported theatres, and Theatre Communications Group was awarded $12,500 for general support. TCG has received additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts, with a $37,500 grant from the Theatre Program for administrative Program and operating expenses, and a $7,500 grant from the Literature Program’s small press category. TCG also recently announced first-time grants of $2,500 for general support from New York Life Foundation, $2,000 from Citicorp/Citibank, $1,500 from Columbia Pictures In-dustries, $1,500 from Mobil Foundation for the annual TCG Survey, and grants of $1,000 each for continued general support from Metropolitan Life and Actors’ Equity Foundations.

American Repertory Theatre has received $100,000 from the Educational Foundation of America for its newly established Professional Resident Fellowship Program. The program will provide funds for extended artists’ residencies at the Cambridge, Mass. theatre, with the goal of creating interaction between students and practicing theatre professionals.

Old Globe Theatre directing fellow Will Roberson is one of three recipients of theatre scholarships from the Princess Grace Foundation. The others are Tisha Roth from the North Carolina School of the Arts and Natalie Carter a student at Carnegie Mellon University…Old Globe also received $10,000 from Chase Manhattan of California to underwrite its production of Stage Struck, and a testamentary endowment of $400,000 which will be established in the San Diego Community Foundation upon the death of an anonymous donor…A special grant from the Ford Foundation for development of scripts for children aged 14 and 15 was awarded to the Living Stage Theatre Company of Washington, D.C.

Twenty Milwaukee businesses participated in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Tiny Tim Ticket Drive, which buys tickets for hundreds of needy children and their families to attend the Rep’s production of A Christmas Carol…The New York Shakespeare Festival received two grants to support its free performances in Central Park, $15,000 each from the Helena Rubinstein Foundation and the Starr Foundation. Delaware Theatre Company has received two grants toward its capital campaign to build a new theatre in Christina Gateway waterfront area from the Gannett Foundation ($10.000) and the Starr Foundation ($25,000).

A Contemporary Theatre of Seattle received the most significant grant of its 20-year history from Old National Bank. The $70,000 will be used to sponsor a new Young ACT Company season. The theatre also was awarded a grant of $25,000 from the Burling. ton Northern Foundation for the purchase of 172 new seats for its main auditorium. … Theatre renovation is the target of a $500,000 grant from Arkell Development Corporation to Actors Theatre of St. Paul. Actors Theatre plans to move into its new space in fall 1985.

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