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National Arts In Education Week on this week’s episode of Lifeline.

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. (September 12, 2023) – School is back in session and with the return of students comes the return of needs in the classroom.

For cash-strapped teachers, there’s an option – the Arts Education Fund, overseen by the Flagler Auditorium Governing Board at the Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center. Providing ten $1,000 grants for arts teachers to fund special projects each year, it’s the difference between a creative learning opportunity and having to tell students ‘maybe next year’.

Coinciding with National Arts in Education Week, recognized from September 10-16, 2023, tickets for the 2023-24 season are now on sale, and patrons are encouraged to make a donation to the Arts Education Fund, with their purchases.

“Come and purchase tickets,” urged Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center Director Amelia Fulmer. “While there, you can learn about our partnership with Flagler Schools and our teacher grants and scholarships.”

The Flagler Auditorium Governing Board also awards $5,000 in scholarships to arts students each year.

“I’ve been performing on the Auditorium stage since I was 4 years old, so I have lots of memories in this space. One of my favorites would have to be performing as The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods last year. It was an amazing show and an unforgettable experience,” said Flagler Palm Coast High School graduate Molly Maresca, a 2022 scholarship recipient.

“The arts programs have helped me grow in numerous ways. They have made me a better leader, listener, team player, and person. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the arts in Flagler County.”

The Flagler County School Board presented the Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center with a proclamation recognizing National Arts in Education Week during their August 15th business meeting.

The 2023-24 professional show season is set to open October 29th with “Menopause The Musical 2: Cruising Through ‘The Change'”. Tickets and more information on the Arts Education Fund and Scholarship Program may be found here.