Partner Story

Increasing Access to Performing Arts Through City Wide Drama Club

Grant Recipient

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Awarded Amount

$228,000 over one two years

In July of 2022, the Steelcase Foundation awarded Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (GRCT) a two-year $228,000 grant to cover the cost of two staff positions to support its School of Theatre Arts and the formation of a City Wide Drama Club, which will level the playing field in Grand Rapids by providing more students access to the performing arts. City Wide Drama Club will fill in the void in theatre arts opportunities for students in Grand Rapids Public Schools and create pathways for local young people and their families to find places of belonging at the Civic Theatre. 

Civic Theatre has hired two key staff members, an Outreach Manager, and an Education and Marketing Coordinator to support the day-to-day operations of the School of Theatre Arts and its City Wide Drama Club. Click here to view their release for more information on the new roles. We’re excited to partner with Civic Theatre over the next two years as it creates new pathways for youth to engage in the theatre and performing arts.