Arts Center receives contribution from First Citizens Community Bank

PHOTO PROVIDED Pictured are Ana Gonzalez-White, development director of the Community Arts Center and Peg Shaffer, relationship manager for First Citizens Community Bank.

WILLIAMSPORT — The Pennsylvania College of Technology Community Arts Center recently received an EITC contribution from First Citizens Community Bank of Mansfield. The funds will be used to support the Student Masterclasses, The Nutcracker or Student Summer Stock programs approved in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.

For 25 years the Community Arts Center has offered student-centered shows within their Family Series, Educational Series and Student Summer Stock programs, thanks in large part to the vital support of the business community. The Educational Series is an outreach program that enriches the educational experience for students in our area, to help educate the whole child. It is through this program that each season nearly 10,000 school children from 9 area school districts have access to live performing arts programming at no cost to them. Every season, the CAC presents at least four performances through the Educational Series. With input from school Superintendents and curriculum Coordinators, the programs offered incorporate curriculum enhancement tools to make each event more impactful for the student’s learning. It is offered to children from grades K-12.

Businesses and corporations who apply and qualify for the PA tax credit through the Department of Community & Economic Development can invest them in educational programs offered to local students. EITC-approved organizations can re-direct funds that would normally be paid to the Commonwealth and instead contribute them directly to programs that specifically involve arts education. Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of an eligible business for the tax year in which the contribution was made.


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