Through its sixth annual Building Community Day program, The Home Depot® Foundation has awarded $20,000 to the Center for Puppetry Arts. The donation will fund the Center’s Field Trip Sponsorship Program, which was created to ensure that children of all economic backgrounds have the opportunity to experience the Center’s unique, arts-infused educational programs.
“We are thrilled to receive this support from The Home Depot Foundation,” said Vince Anthony, executive director of the Center. “These funds will help us provide thousands of free and deeply discounted tickets to schools and other groups serving low-income communities and underserved children.”
For many children the only opportunity they have to visit arts and cultural organizations is through organized school trips, and many schools depend on the Center’s program to offset the costs of their educational field trips. With the help of Field Trip Sponsors, like The Home Depot Foundation, children who otherwise may not have the opportunity can enjoy a live theatrical puppetry performance, exercise their creativity by participating in a Create-A-Puppet Workshop, and visit the Center’s interactive museum exhibits to learn more about puppetry in a cultural context.
Through its Building Community Day program, sponsored in partnership with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, The Home Depot Foundation connects with some of Atlanta’s most effective nonprofit organizations, which are focused on building communities through innovative programs and collaborative partnerships that fall outside of the Foundation’s usual areas of giving. This year, 20 nonprofits participated in roundtable discussions and workshops focused on the theme of ‘The Coming Transformation of Nonprofit Enterprise’ that addressed the needs nonprofit organizations have to strengthen their ability to adapt, and to reinvent approaches for surviving in a changing environment. Each organization received a $20,000 grant at the end of the day to support their work on a broad range of issues facing the Atlanta community.
“We feel it is especially important to support local nonprofits that share our goal of creating and maintaining a healthier and more stable Atlanta,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “By creating a partnership with the Center for Puppetry Arts, we believe we have the opportunity to make a significant impact on our hometown.”