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The Lyons National Bank makes generous contribution to ArtSmart Educational Theatre Program at Smith Opera House

Dec 06th, 2017

The Lyons National Bank makes generous contribution to ArtSmart Educational Theatre Program at Smith Opera House

December 6, 2017
Media Contact: Susie Monagan, 315-781-5483, smonagan@thesmith.org

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GENEVA, NY ---- The Smith Center for the Arts, stewards of the historic Smith Opera House in Geneva, received a generous contribution of $5,000 from The Lyons National Bank to support its ArtSmart Educational Theatre Program.

Bank Chairman and CEO Robert A. Schick and Geneva Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President Tara R. Rago presented the check to Smith Executive Director Susie Monagan November 30 at the theater.

"We at the Smith are so grateful for Lyons National Bank's continued support of ArtSmart. Their financial support subsidizes ticket prices, making live theater accessible and affordable for local school districts. ArtSmart programming ties directly to school curricula and allows teachers to inspire and challenge learners to make connections to theatre, music, literature and global culture,” said Monagan.

“Since its inception, The Lyons National Bank has been proud to be the major sponsor of The Smith’s ArtSmart Educational Theatre Program for children. We realize the importance of teaching our future leaders about the cultural value of arts of all types. In 1962, President Kennedy, speaking on behalf of the National Cultural Center (which would come to bear his name) stated, ‘I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for our victories or defeats in battle or politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.’ Supporting the Arts Smart Program is our small contribution to that spirit,” said Schick.

ArtSmart provides educational shows specifically designed for school groups throughout the Finger Lakes region. Children’s picture books and classic literature, United States history and world history, relevant social issues and experiences are all transformed and presented live on the Smith Opera House stage. This series is designed to encourage thinking, creativity and fun while complementing school lessons.

 

Coming up in 2018, ArtSmart will present three exciting shows for young audiences:

March 25 and 26: The Great Gatsby, presented by the National Players.

April 19: Cuentos: Tales of the Latin World with storyteller David Gonzales.

May 21: Charlotte’s Web, presented by Theatreworks.

The Smith Center for the Arts, stewards of the historic Smith Opera House, provides quality performing arts and cultural opportunities for Geneva-area residents and regional visitors. The theater is an ongoing symbol of historic preservation, non-profit perseverance and artistic excellence.

For more information about ArtSmart and The Smith, visit www.thesmith.org.

 

Photo credit: Jan Regan Photography

 

Photo caption: The Lyons National Bank Chairman and CEO Robert A. Schick and Geneva Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President Tara R. Rago, center, presented a $5,000 check to Smith Center for the Arts Executive Director Susie Monagan November 30 at the Smith Opera House. The funding will support The Smith’s ArtSmart Educational Theatre Program for youth.

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