Pendragon Theatre has announced the award of $7,000 from the Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts Fund toward their Community Collaborations: Creative Arts Veterans and Adirondack Diversity Project.

This project, in collaboration with St. Josephs’ Merkel Veteran Residential Services, is composed of an improvisational theatre program for veterans in treatment and acting and playwright classes filled with community members and veterans studying and creating together. The projects allow for veterans and community members to learn a variety of skills related to healthy communication, appropriate empathetic response and nonjudgmental observations, to name a few.

The amount received from the Generous Acts Fund will go towards an expansion of the current program. The goal is to institutionalize the program to become a sustainable model which can be replicated.

“We applaud Pendragon and its partners for the creative ways they are reaching veterans and other community members. This is an especially important time to keep skill- and community-building initiatives going,” said Adirondack Foundation President and CEO, Cali Brooks. “There are hundreds of donors behind this and every Generous Acts grant and we are honored to serve as the philanthropic hub for the Adirondacks.”

As the only year-round professional theater in the Adirondack Park and as a part of the arts community in Saranac Lake, Pendragon is committed to providing entertainment, education, enrichment, and economic value to the community. Pendragon also tours a fall production to schools throughout the Adirondacks, to locations which often do not have access to professional theater and are areas of significant poverty.

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