The William Penn Foundation Awards Grant for Lively Arts Series

by Diane VanDyke

The William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia recently awarded a 31-month grant to the Montgomery County Community College Foundation in the amount of $140,000 in support of programming for the College’s Lively Arts Series in 2015 and 2016.

The grant award will enable the College’s Cultural Affairs Office, led by Director Helen Haynes, to continue to provide performances in jazz, folk and world music genres and showcase a diverse selection of both established and emerging artists as part of its Lively Arts Series.

“We present an array of music, dance and theater that exposes the community to new styles and genres and promotes lifelong cultural learning,” Haynes said. “The performances are held in an intimate setting, where the audience feels close to the artists and will get the opportunity to meet and talk with them after the shows.

“We are grateful for the ongoing, generous support of The William Penn Foundation, which allows the College to provide these high-caliber performances, meet-the-artist receptions and educational experiences for area residents and our campus community,” she said.

Additionally, the Lively Arts Series will continue its residency activities, including master classes and workshops with renowned artists. And, through the Young Arts Explorers series, the College introduces and encourages multi-cultural experiences for children during special programming held during the day.

Montgomery County Community College values and supports the arts as part of its mission and philosophy since its founding in 1964. Throughout the decades, the College has strived to become a cultural destination through its Lively Arts Series in offering a global perspective to the community by presenting artists and performances from a multitude of cultures with the support of its funding partners, including The William Penn Foundation. For more information about the Lively Arts Series, visit

The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, works to close the achievement gap for low-income children, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. With assets of nearly $2 billion, the Foundation distributes approximately $80 million in grants annually. Learn more about the Foundation at

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