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MAPA receives grant for statewide educational performing arts programs

August 9, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) has received grant of $20,000 from the Bank of Hawai'i Foundation to bring live theatre and drama instruction to more than 40,000 pre-school, elementary and middle school students throughout Hawai'i during the 2012-13 academic year. Through this new partnership, the Bank of Hawai'i Foundation provides major support for MAPA's Educational Theatre Tours and the Voices drama program.

The Educational Theatre Tours program brings high-quality, professional productions directly to public schools on Maui, Lana'i, Molokai, Kaua'i, O'ahu and Hawai'i Island. Each production is chosen to address an important, relevant topic, such as bullying, tolerance, diversity or friendship. An accompanying study guide specifically written for each show enables teachers to bring the material into the classroom. Many students experience live theatre for the first time when MAPA's professional actors bring the show to their schools.

MAPA's nationally recognized Voices program teaches literacy skills through drama to more than 4,000 elementary school students on Maui each school year. Through multi-week, in-school residencies, students improve their reading comprehension skills while learning the foundations of drama. Professional teaching artists collaborate with classroom teachers so that each drama lesson is directly linked to classroom curricula.

"We're grateful for the Bank of Hawai'i Foundation's support and leadership in the community," said David Johnston, MAPA's executive and artistic director. "We continually hear from parents and teachers how transformative these experiences are for children and, through Bank of Hawai'i Foundation's grant, we're able to continue offering these two programs at an affordable cost to participating schools."

For more information on Educational Theatre Tours, Voices or any of MAPA's performing arts programs, contact Carolyn Wright, director of education and programming, at or (808) 244-8760, ext. 221.



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