DENVER, March 31, 2008 — The Qwest Foundation today announced a $25,000 grant to Denver’s premier performing arts organization - The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA). The funds will be used for the DCPA’s Living History project.
The Living History project is a unique performance and workshop program designed to teach students that lessons of the past have relevance in the world today. The program takes place in approximately 14 Denver high schools, reaching more than 24,000 students in grades 9 through 12 each year. Actors challenge students to respond to questions about the scenes they’ve performed in plays - such as The Diary of Anne Frank - and then pose an ethical dilemma to the class and encourage participation.
“There are so many great opportunities for Colorado students to prepare for the future by learning about the past,” said Chuck Ward, Qwest president for Colorado. “The Qwest Foundation strongly supports the DCPA and this innovative program for Colorado high-school students.”
Through the Living History program, students learn to express diverse thought based on their own experiences and cultural beliefs while learning to respect the thoughts and beliefs of others.
“One of the key goals of Living History is the training of teachers to become practitioners of arts learning techniques,” said Dorothy Denny, executive vice president of the DCPA. “With generous support from the Qwest Foundation we hope to make that a reality in 2008.”
About the Qwest Foundation
The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.