Barnes & Thornburg Launches Civic Initiative

Barnes & Thornburg has launched a new civic initiative, the Barnes & Thornburg Student Enrichment Fund, to shine a spotlight on arts education and benefit students of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts.

The fund will finance grants that are allocated and dispersed to provide students with financial assistance aimed at enriching their learning experience and to support and advance their artistic and academic development. The grants help students with items such as travel expenses to competitions, conferences, performances, auditions and/or college visits; necessary academic and artistic supplies and accessories; college application expenses; and extracurricular intensive training programs.

Recipients to date include Chloe Leal, whose grant is helping fund private oboe lessons; Hannah Howell, who will take a fully funded trip to visit the Berklee College of Music Campus; Amanda Peet, who will participate in BODYTRAFFIC’s summer intensive program; Karen Hernandez, who will pursue additional violin lessons; Zoe Bator, who will participate in Harvard’s summer intensive program; Maya Lewins, who will further pursue script analysis; and Daija Dominguez, who will participate in a competition put on by Omega Psi Phi.

A signature event recognizing the launch of the Barnes & Thornburg Student Enrichment Fund will be held on Saturday, September 14. At the event, students will perform a medley of acts, including tap and contemporary dance, vocal jazz, and street mime and visual art performances.

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