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Darien Arts Center Receives $10K State Grant

The DAC Weatherstone Studio’s black box theatre during a past performance.
The DAC Weatherstone Studio’s black box theatre during a past performance. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- Darien Arts Center has received a 2016 Supporting Arts in Place matching grant of $9,983 from the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Department of Economic and Community Development.

“Your organization contributes significantly to our agency’s goals and supports the state’s local and regional economies," said a letter from the state to the Darien Arts Center.

The DAC was founded in 1975 and hosts more than 6,000 attendees for its dance, visual arts, music and theatre programs and performances annually.

“We are very appreciative of this grant from the COA, which helps the DAC to continue its creative work in the community,” said Amy Allen, executive director.

More than 600 students participate in the DAC dance program. The number of music students at the Center has recently doubled.

The Center depends on more than 150 teen and adult volunteers and is solely funded by ticket sales, grants, tuition fees and private donations.

The DAC will host Evening of Dance on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. and a production of "The Nerd" in November. The dance department will perform "Scenes from the Nutcracker" in December.

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