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Community Foundation supports Bonifas’ Escanaba Summer Music Camp

Courtesy photo Local youth who have participated in the Escanaba Summer Music Camp are shown.

ESCANABA — The Bonifas Arts Center has been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation for Delta County and its Youth Advisory Committee in the amount of $1,000. This grant will fund in part the third annual Escanaba Summer Music Camp for youth, directed by Lorne Watson.

The Community Foundation for Delta County invests community donations to give directly back to the community. In addition to the foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Youth Matching Grant Program has permanently endowed youth in Delta County with funds, creating the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).

Granting money back to the community is a huge part of what the Community Foundation for Delta County does. In 2016 alone, it granted over $1,300,000 to the people and organizations of Delta County.

The Bonifas Art Center will use the grant funds to cover the cost of space rental and to hire local professional musicians and educators to teach the camp. This year’s camp instructors include Betsy Perry, Sydney Ogren, Ben Zindler, Hannah Moberg, and Mike McGaffigan. Including the 22 youth musicians enrolled this year and audience members, the Escanaba Summer Music Camp will provide arts enrichment and education to over 150 people this summer.

The Escanaba Summer Music Camp is a week-long day camp providing music education opportunities for youth in 7th through 12th grade. Young musicians create bands based on age and skill level and perform all styles of music including rock, pop, country, and jazz.

At the end of the week the students will perform a concert for the public. The show will take place July 19 at 4 p.m. in the Bonifas Art Center Theater located at 700 First Ave. South in Escanaba. The performance is free and open to the public.

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