$30,000 Gift from Bell Atlantic Lights Up
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre's 30th Birthday
September 18, 1997
NEW YORK -- Grants totaling $30,000 from the Bell Atlantic Foundation
will enable the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre to provide bilingual
theatrical education for economically disadvantaged youth. The
donation honors the theater group's 30th anniversary season.
Bell Atlantic will join in celebrating the accomplishments of the
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and honoring artistic director, Miriam
Colon, for her visionary role in the Hispanic community at a gala
event on September 18 at the Copacabana in Manhattan.
"Artistic organizations like the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre are
powerful communicators that increase understanding of the Hispanic
cultures in our society, promote education and advance a vision of
the future for people in the Hispanic community," said Toby Webb,
Bell Atlantic's executive vice-president for external affairs and
corporate communications. "We salute them on their 30th anniversary
for their accomplishments and for culturally enriching our
The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre has performed throughout the New
York area and is well-known in the Hispanic community. The company,
which performs in both Spanish and English, is an important training
ground for aspiring Hispanic actors and actresses. The Bell Atlantic
grants will support the group's Arts in the Schools Program and the
Raul Julia Training Unit (which has served over 5,000 students).
The Arts in the Schools Program makes it possible for students in
public elementary and secondary schools to see the works of
contemporary Latino playwrights. The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
will create a work study guide for teachers and students that will
help teachers incorporate the artistic works into the curriculum.
"Bell Atlantic's tremendous support of the Puerto Rican Traveling
Theatre's work has enabled us to continue our role in bilingual
communication and education through the medium of theatre," said
Miriam Colon Valle, artistic director of the Puerto Rican Traveling
Bell Atlantic has long-standing financial commitments to a wide array
of cultural organizations throughout its territory, including many in
the New York Hispanic community such as El Museo del Barrio, Mexican
Cultural Institute and the Spanish Theatre Repertory.
"Our region has the most vibrant mix of arts and cultural
organizations," said Suzanne DuBose, president of the Bell Atlantic
Foundation. "We are committed to keeping these organizations alive,
stimulating their talent and encouraging the diverse cultural
expressions of their communities."
Bell Atlantic's support of the Hispanic community extends into
education and community services. The Bell Atlantic Foundation has
provided financial support to such organizations as Aspira of New
York, Enlace-Latino Children Education Network, the Latino Commission
on AIDS and the Westchester Hispanic Coalition. Earlier this year,
the company announced a $500,000 grant to the Hispanic Federation of
New York, one of the largest grants ever received by the
organization. That grant is designed to strengthen the technological
infrastructure of the federation's member agency network, which is
comprised of 60 community-based organizations serving New York's
The Bell Atlantic Foundation administers all domestic and
international philanthropic grants on behalf of Bell Atlantic. The
Foundation's philanthropic emphasis is on providing safe havens for
youth and grants to technology and education, arts and human services.
As a result of the recent merger of the two companies, the Bell
Atlantic Foundation and the NYNEX Foundation have merged. All grant
programs previously operated under the NYNEX banner are now part of
the Bell Atlantic Foundation.
For a complete list of grant recipients and additional information on
the Bell Atlantic Foundation, visit www.bellatlanticfoundation.com on
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