Verizon Renews its Support of Arts Education at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)

Apr 11, 2008, 01:00 ET from New Jersey Performing Arts Center

    NEWARK, N.J., April 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NJPAC announced that
 Verizon has renewed its support of the Arts Center's popular Verizon
 Passport to Culture SchoolTime and FamilyTime Series with a new three-year
 $750,000 grant. This latest gift continues a longstanding relationship
 between NJPAC and Verizon which dates back long before the Arts Center
 opened in 1997. Verizon is the founding sponsor of the SchoolTime and
 FamilyTime Series.
     "Once again Verizon is out in front in serving New Jersey's children
 and families," said Lawrence P. Goldman, NJPAC's President and CEO. "Our
 performance series for young people, educators and families is about more
 than just putting a good show on the stage. It is a comprehensive learning
 experience that includes everything from curriculum guides to instruction
 on theater etiquette to professional development opportunities for
 teachers. Verizon's dedication to education, literacy and enhancing the
 quality of life in New Jersey makes them a natural partner for the Arts
     Each year, the Verizon Passport to Culture SchoolTime and FamilyTime
 Series introduces over 100,000 young people, their families and educators
 to the wonders of live performance through more than 100 performances under
 the Verizon banner running the gamut from acrobatics and puppetry to moving
 drama, energetic dance, world music, and much more.
     "It is a distinct honor to help the NJPAC bring even more educational,
 entertaining and life-enhancing arts and music programming to young men and
 women from around the region," said Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New
 Jersey. "These programs bring a world of arts and culture to this New
 Jersey gem and Verizon looks forward to continue being an active neighbor
 and partner."
     A new benefit of the renewed partnership between NJPAC and Verizon is
 the ability for the Arts Center to share with its students and educators
 the resources of the Verizon Foundation's, a free, robust
 Web site with more than 55,000 educational resources across eight academic
 disciplines. NJPAC has already included links to, Verizon's
 award-winning Web site, in all of its curriculum guides.
     "This is an exciting partnership that has undoubtedly sparked an
 interest in the arts within our communities," said Patrick Gaston,
 president of the Verizon Foundation, "and through we'll
 empower teachers, parents and students with easy-to-use tools that will
 hopefully encourage and nurture that interest into a love of the arts."

SOURCE New Jersey Performing Arts Center