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Mansbach foundation donates $10K to PAC

ASHLAND, Ky. ­— Jerry Mansbach and the Mansbach Foundation, presented the Paramount Arts Center with a $10,000 donation for new technology.

The funds were used to purchase quality traveling sound equipment and enable our Paramount on Tour Program to deliver high-quality educational programs to area schools.

Paramount on Tour is the Paramount’s education outreach program that takes interactive, educational performances to the students.

Melanie Sweeney, director of education, said although the Paramount hosts an extensive program onsite, the touring program is a way to reach more students in more schools with more shows.

“This program allows us to break through the limited number of children served by in-house programming,” Sweeney said. “The sky is the limit to how many children we can reach on tour!”

In the past, traveling shows have been limited to certain types of performances because schools aren’t designed with the type of acoustics used in a theater. But this new equipment will open doors to new opportunities and in fact starts this week with a tour of “The Bully Show.” This show is designed to address bullying in the school, which has proven to be an increasingly dangerous nuisance to students. The show features a live educational performance as well as interaction and extended learning opportunities in the classroom.

Paramount on Tour is scheduled to take “The Bully Show” to 19 schools in the area. For more information about Paramount on Tour, please contact Melanie Sweeney, director of education at (606) 324-3175 ext. 311.