National Endowment for the Arts Awards Bay Street $10K In Grant Money

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The cast of Bay Street Theater's Literature Live production of "Of Mice and Men."

As acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, last week Mary Anne Carter approved more than $80 million in grants, as part of the agency’s second major funding announcement of fiscal year 2019.

And Bay Street Theater is among the recipients.

One of 1,592 Art Works applicants, the Sag Harbor theater has received a $10,000 grant for its “Literature Live!” program, which uses curriculum-based literature to create professional productions for local students, teachers and administrators — a unique learning experience supported by teacher-developed lesson plans and reference materials.

“We couldn’t be more pleased,” Tracy Mitchell, Bay Street Theater’s executive director, said in a statement. “Literature Live! is one of our key education programs, which, last year, reached over 3,500 students by offering free tickets to them, along with their teachers and administrators. Many students have never seen live theater before, much less a professional production about a classic novel they read in school.”

Now in its 11thyear, Literature Live! launched in 2009 with a production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” — and, ever since, has brought classic works of literature to life on stage for school groups, families and the general public, for a one-month run.

The program has expanded to allow for teaching artists to work with students and teachers prior to seeing the show, should they wish. All students, teachers and administrators are admitted free of charge.

“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” Ms. Carter said in a statement. “Organizations such as Bay Street Theater are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create and be inspired.”

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