PANAMA CITY BEACH — A big grant for high quality arts is music to at least one Panama Metropolis Seashore faculty’s ears.
Surfside Center Faculty obtained $50,000 from the St. Joe Neighborhood Basis towards its high quality arts program.
The inspiration is a nonprofit that goals to enrich the standard of lifetime of these who reside, work and play in Northwest Florida. The grant will go towards upgrading Surfside’s 10-year-old theater and stage gear.
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Surfside Principal Matt Pitts described the grant as “higher than Christmas morning” when he opened his e mail on Monday morning.
“We’re over the moon enthusiastic about this grant alternative as a result of what we’re gonna do with it by no means would have occurred with out a sponsor and a neighborhood accomplice like St. Joe,” Pitts mentioned. “It is simply superb what they do for our neighborhood.”
The varsity’s present gear was left behind by a church renting out the cafeteria about 10 years in the past.
“Like anything, it breaks and among the stuff that was in there was sort of outdated when it was put there to start with, so it is only a actual nice likelihood to get new expertise and to reveal the children to some neat issues,” Pitts mentioned.
Now, the scholars have an opportunity to take it to the following stage with new gear that Pitts mentioned will enable them to listen to themselves and their devices higher, as nicely enhance lighting for his or her performances.
The high quality arts program at Surfside is a rising power with 45% to 50% of its scholar physique enrolled. Pitts mentioned Surfside is considered one of solely 70 faculties within the nation to earn a NAMM Faculty of Excellence for Music Schooling award.
“We completely consider that music is nothing greater than artwork put into sound since you have all of the notes and all of the beats and measures and you must know the maths to know that,” Pitts mentioned. “The program is based by two of the very best instructors you are gonna discover wherever. And that is actually the success of this program … Jim Colvin, who does our band program, and Fred Mullen, who does our performing arts course and our stage efficiency.”
There is no such thing as a timeline for the upgrades, however Pitts mentioned he hopes to have them put in by Christmas.
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