A little girl is playing at the Auburn Public Theater.

Auburn Public Theater

Support from the Cayuga Community Fund allowed a class of students to participate in summer camp and travel to Central Park in preparation to perform Hamlet.

During its ten years in existence, the Auburn Public Theater (APT) has embraced teaching art, music, and dance workshops to children through its Auburn Public Studio program. As local opportunities for students to train in the arts became limited, the Studio sought to show young people the richness of talent and experiences that can be found in Central New York. They offer classes and visits to professional venues near and far, introducing students to several opportunities and studios.

“So often young artists think they need to go to New York City to experience art,” said Angela Daddaboo, Artistic Director of Auburn Public Theater. “We have that talent right here in our backyard, so we like to show our students both dynamics – the little theatres and the big ones.”

When Auburn Public Studio students worked with New York City actor John Mackay from the Royal Shakespeare Company to produce Hamlet, they hoped to see a performance live in Central Park. It’s through these summer offerings that APT nurtures growth and creative expression for students through a shared performance experience. Sometimes that experience is too expensive for families, so the APT reached out to the Cayuga Community Fund to help pay for the trip.

“We’ve sometimes gone so far as to wash ballet clothes for students and bring them back the next day,” said Daddaboo. “Not every family is able to afford the cost of trips, materials and camp tuition. Scholarships like the ones paid for through this grant allow children to learn without being set apart from great opportunities.”

Support from the Cayuga Community Fund allowed the class of students to participate in summer camp and travel to Central Park in preparation to perform Hamlet. The scholarship provided five students with the chance to visit the Park Avenue Armory, eat lunch at the Tao restaurant, and experience an up-close and personal performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet, complete with a Q&A session.

“The entire experience was an overwhelming success,” said Daddaboo. “The three-week intensive and field trip more than prepared our students to perform Hamlet when they returned home.”

The Auburn Public Studio, with the help of volunteers, two workshop teachers and a Cayuga Community Fund grant, gave aspiring local performers their first taste at the opportunity to pursue success in the arts.

The Central New York Community Foundation is a public charity established in 1927 that collects contributions from donors, manages them to grow over time and then distributes funding to local charities to help them thrive. It is the largest charitable foundation in Central New York with assets of more than $280 million and has invested more than $200 million in community improvement projects since its inception. As a grantmaker, civic leader, convener and sponsor of strategic initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the region and address the most critical issues of our time.

Related Stories

Cayuga Community Fund Logo
News Releases June 23, 2022

Cayuga Fund Distributes More than $84,000 in Grants

The Cayuga Community Fund has announced its 2022 grant recipients.

Cayuga Community Fund Logo
News Releases February 15, 2022

Cayuga Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

Grants must directly benefit the residents of Cayuga County.

Cayuga Community Fund Logo
News Releases June 23, 2021

Cayuga Fund Distributes More than $73,000 in Grants

The Cayuga Community Fund, an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, awarded ...

Collage of Community Leaders
Topics April 26, 2021

Community Voices: Looking Forward After the Derek Chauvin Verdict

This is not a time to celebrate, but to collaborate. We asked local leaders where ...

News Releases March 1, 2021

Cayuga Community Fund is Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Cayuga Community Fund anticipates awarding approximately $70,000 in grant funding this year.

duck
Topics January 8, 2021

Beyond the Pond: The Deeper Role of Webster Pond

Named after one of the first White settlers in the region who befriended members of ...

Children color at a table at the Cortland Salvation Army
Topics December 26, 2020

Salvation Army of Cortland

In the city of Cortland, nearly 24 percent of residents live below the poverty line. ...

Participants helping plant trees for Onondaga Earth Corps.
Topics December 19, 2020

Onondaga Earth Corps

Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) trains and employs inner-city youth to plant trees and maintain green ...

Gardeners happily work at the Boces Garden.
Topics December 17, 2020

Calvary Food Pantry/BOCES Food Partnership Garden

The Calvary Food Pantry of Central New York is an emergency food pantry that has ...

Cayuga Community Fund Logo
News Releases June 23, 2022

Cayuga Fund Distributes More than $84,000 in Grants

The Cayuga Community Fund has announced its 2022 grant recipients.

Cayuga Community Fund Logo
News Releases February 15, 2022

Cayuga Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

Grants must directly benefit the residents of Cayuga County.

Cayuga Community Fund Logo
News Releases June 23, 2021

Cayuga Fund Distributes More than $73,000 in Grants

The Cayuga Community Fund, an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, awarded ...

Collage of Community Leaders
Topics April 26, 2021

Community Voices: Looking Forward After the Derek Chauvin Verdict

This is not a time to celebrate, but to collaborate. We asked local leaders where ...

News Releases March 1, 2021

Cayuga Community Fund is Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Cayuga Community Fund anticipates awarding approximately $70,000 in grant funding this year.

duck
Topics January 8, 2021

Beyond the Pond: The Deeper Role of Webster Pond

Named after one of the first White settlers in the region who befriended members of ...

Children color at a table at the Cortland Salvation Army
Topics December 26, 2020

Salvation Army of Cortland

In the city of Cortland, nearly 24 percent of residents live below the poverty line. ...

Participants helping plant trees for Onondaga Earth Corps.
Topics December 19, 2020

Onondaga Earth Corps

Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) trains and employs inner-city youth to plant trees and maintain green ...

Gardeners happily work at the Boces Garden.
Topics December 17, 2020

Calvary Food Pantry/BOCES Food Partnership Garden

The Calvary Food Pantry of Central New York is an emergency food pantry that has ...

View More