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ArtsWork receives “Partner Through the Arts” award for second straight year

May 08, 2002

ArtsWork: The Kax Herberger Center for Children & the Arts was named "Partner Through the Arts - 2002" by Free Arts of Arizona. This is the second straight year they have received this honor.

Artswork, created in 1996, unites Arizona State University artists and scholars with community leaders in research and programs focused on children and the arts. The program is part of the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU, and is headed up by Professor Roger Bedard.
Free Arts of Arizona is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to the arts to abused, neglected and homeless children in Maricopa County. This award is given to a community organization that has helped Free Arts of Arizona create the most impact in the lives of disadvantaged children in the past year.

ArtsWork received the award for their partnership with Free Arts on a multicultural theatre camp. This June, ArtsWork and Free Arts will continue their collaboration with the Herberger Theatre Center through a multicultural theatre camp for 25 Children.

The culminating theatre project will be presented to the children's peers, families and the public at the Herberger Theatre Center at 7:30 p.m. on June 21. The performance will be free to the public and residents of Free Arts partner facilities.

This summer, the project is under the direction of theatre artist Jacqueline Masei of Phoenix's Essential Theatre, master mask artist Zarco Guerrero and recent ASU Masters in Fine Arts/Theatre for Youth graduate Emily Petkewich.

"It is an honor to work in partnership with the dedicated staff and volunteers at Free Arts," says Bedard. "Through this partnership we are able to make a difference in the lives of many often forgotten young people."

Media Contact:
Megan Krause