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Dr. Phillips Center Receives $250,000 in Federal Funding For Education Programs from Rep. Val Demings

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Funds support programs impacting 100,000+ individuals in the region annually

Orlando, FLA (June 27, 2022) – Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) today presented the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with $250,000 in federal funds to support its Arts For Every Life ® education programs, which provide students with opportunities to access arts education across the region. The presentation took place in the arts center with Demings, Dr. Phillips Center Chairman Jim Pugh, Vice Chair Ed Timberlake, Board Members Harold Mills and Irving Mathews as well as Chief Financial Officer Cecilia Kelly.

Said Rep. Demings, “What is life without art? Every child in our community, no matter their background, should have a chance to access classes and camps that give them a chance to learn and grow and follow their passion. I’m proud to support the Dr. Phillips Center in their mission to offer these programs and classes, which give parents of all backgrounds opportunities to send their children to high-quality performing arts programs. I look forward to the great work we will continue to do to build Central Florida into a great place to raise a family and a world-class hub for culture, entertainment, and tourism.”

Said Jim Pugh, “We’re grateful to Congresswoman Demings for including the Dr. Phillips Center in the Community Project Funding for District 10. This funding will support multiple education initiatives and provide the opportunities for students to perform on a professional stage and share their talents with our community and beyond.”

The following programs impact over 100,000 individuals annually across the region: Disney Musicals in Schools, Applause Awards, 6th & Jazz, Project WoW, Summer Camps (3), Youth Theater Productions (2), Four Counts, Quarter Notes and Teen Ambassadors.

Demings announced the Community Project Initiative in March 2022, providing over $6 million in federal funding to various organizations, including the Dr. Phillips Center.

About Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in downtown Orlando. The 698,312-square-foot venue includes three theaters: the 2,711-seat Walt Disney Theater, an amplified theater used for touring Broadway shows, concerts and other performances, as well as private events; the 296-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, a community theater ideal for regional arts groups; and the new 1,464–1,770-seat Steinmetz Hall, which transforms in shape, seating, and sound to accommodate a variety of art forms and events.

In addition, the AdventHealth School of Arts offers semester classes, summer camps and pre-professional productions; and spaces like the DeVos Family Room and Rooftop Terrace arepopular for weddings and other large private or corporate events. Out front, the 3-acre lawn includes Seneff Arts Plaza, where the community enjoyed live entertainment during the pandemic at the arts center’s award-winning Frontyard Festival™, supported by AdventHealth. Opening in Fall 2022, a dynamic music room called Judson’s will offer cabaret-style seating for intimate, live entertainment. The Dr. Phillips Center is supported by the City of Orlando, Orange County, the City of Winter Park, the State of Florida, and generous donors and sponsors.

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Meaghan Branham is the managing editor for i4 Business, where she oversees the company’s digital media strategy, handles client relationship marketing for the print and digital magazines, and serves as one of the publication’s lead writers. A native of Brevard County, she splits her time between Central Florida and Nashville, Tennessee.

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