Non-Profits News The National Endowment for the Arts Presents $50,000 Grant to the Pasadena Playhouse Under the CARES Act By CARL KOZLOWSKI Published on Thursday, July 2, 2020 | 11:08 am Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS While the Pasadena Playhouse has suffered for months under shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic as numerous productions had to be postponed or canceled, the venerable theatre received a major piece of good news on Wednesday. The official State Theatre of California learned it had been approved for a $50,000 award as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.“At the start of the current crisis, we began an aggressive fundraising campaign to sustain the Playhouse through this uncertain time while continuing to serve our community,” saidProducing Artistic Director Danny Feldman. “This grant bolsters that effort, helping us reach our goal of employing as many artists and staff as possible while our curtain is down. We thank the National Endowment for the Arts for their support.”Pasadena Playhouse is one of 855 organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico selected for this grant. The National Endowment for the Arts received more than 3,100 eligible applications requesting $157 million for the $45 million available in direct assistance.Pasadena Playhouse, along with the other awardees, represents the diverse nature of arts organizations around the country.Overall funding was divided nearly evenly between small, medium, and large arts organizations. The grant will be used to support Pasadena Playhouse’s digital programming personnel in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The pandemic and its shutdown provided a shock to the system for the Playhouse, which had to cancel “Mach 33: The Caltech/Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays” on April 3-4; a Pasadena Civic Ballet production of “Aladdin” from April 17-19; an April 20 Holocaust Remembrance Reading of “The Diary of Anne Frank”; and the impending July 28-Aug. 3 run of “Annie Get Your Gun.” In addition, the May 27-July 28 production of “Ann” – a biographical play about the renowned, late Texas governor Ann Richards – was postponed to a future date.The Playhouse is currently offering an online course titled “The Broadway Musical & America” through July 21, and will likely offer more such classes in the coming months.The National Endowment for the Arts says that arts and culture are a key component of the U.S. economy that contributed $877.8 billion, or 4.5 percent, to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2017 and employed over five million wage?and?salary workers who collectively earned $405 billion. This funding will help support those jobs and those nonprofit organizations during this time of great need so that arts and culture will persevere as a significant contributor to the American economy.Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.The Pasadena Playhouse has produced bold and important theater for over 100 years. It is one of the most prolific theaters in American history with a legacy of profound theatrical impact and courageous new work. In 1937, the Playhouse was officially recognized as the State Theater of California for its contribution and commitment to the dramatic arts. 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U.S. Geological Survey(HONOLULU) — After a day of relative calm, Kilauea roared back in full force on Sunday, spewing lava 300 feet in the air, encroaching on a half mile of new ground and bringing the total number of destroyed structures to 31.Activity from the volcano, which erupted on Hawaii’s Big Island on Thursday, also opened a new vent on Sunday, bringing the total to at least 10, according to Hawaii’s Civil Defense Agency.There have been 1,800 residents evacuated from their homes in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens neighborhoods where cracks have been opening and spilling lava into the subdivisions.“There’s no sign of this slowing down,” Hawaii’s Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno said Sunday. “We had some pauses yesterday, but there seems to be a lot of magma underground.”Magno also said about a dozen residents have decided to stay in their homes, despite the evacuation order.“We’ve got a loose number,” he said. “I’m not sure how extensive a survey was done, but there are still people who are out there as far in their residences.”In evacuated areas with relatively low sulfur dioxide levels, residents were allowed to return home for a few hours to collect belongings on Sunday. Officials said those residents — a little more than half of the evacuees — were allowed to return briefly, and Magno said they would continue to allow residents in if it could be done safely.“We’ve gotta be careful because the SO2 levels are still pretty high,” Magno said. “We’re not going to let them stay.”Puna Geothermal (an energy conversion plant) has moved flammables uphill in case anything starts flowing near themThe activity had heightened Saturday morning, with officials saying the lava from multiple the vents had joined together in a concerning scenario. However, the activity slowed later in the day before starting back up again early Sunday.Magno told ABC News that the Civil Defense Agency was starting to prepare for the worst.“It ramps up our response more. … Even though you’re thinking about the worst-case scenario, it’s starting to come to fruition, so you go, ‘OK, we need to get ready for that worst-case scenario,’” Magno told ABC News correspondent Marci Gonzalez.“Things got pretty active [Saturday morning],” Magno said at a Saturday press conference. “The eight vents were pretty active, to the point where lava was spewing and the flow started spreading so we got additional damage out there. I’m not sure what the count is, but we thought it was just continue to go. Fortunately, seismicity has kinda laid down and the vents have gone quiet now.”But officials had cautioned that while the lava flow was quiet, it wouldn’t be for long.“More vents could open up, the existing ones could get active again, which probably will happen after seeing what happened this morning,” Magno said. “There’s a lot of lava or magma under the ground so eventually it’s going to come up.”Magno said Sunday that a combination of old vents and new vents were active.The island was also rocked by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake on Friday, which caused landslides near the coast, but minimal structural damage. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said Sunday the island had experienced more than 500 earthquakes — 13 with a magnitude greater than 4.0 — in the 24 hours following the 6.9-magnitude quake.The concern for residents continues to be the lava and gas emitted from vents, though.“This is lava, that is definitely destroying people’s homes — we don’t have an exact count — but it is a devastating situation and it’s going to be everyday that it goes on,” Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe said Saturday. “Mother nature, there’s no way we could’ve predicted this.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.