Next Monday, a few hundred first graders will take their seats at the Avalon’s main stage for the local primer of a musical based on the national bestseller “Rainbow Fish.” While the production might not show on Netflix sometime soon, any parent will know that for their children, it’s the equivalent of Coldplay coming to Easton for a performance.
The reason for the unique happening is due to the creation of the Sara Ryan Fund to support children’s programming at the region’s largest arts center well into the future. It will be the first project funded by a special endowment at the Avalon to celebrate the passion for art that the late Sara Ryan of Talbot County possessed during her life.
The Spy asked the Avalon’s Al Bond and Suzy Moore to talk about the remarkable impact this will have on local kids, and also the kind of long-term investment that provides their organization with the kind of financial support needed for the Avalon to continue to fill the gap for this kind of youth programs. The fund is expected to grow further, with hopes to reach $3 million to meet the full scale of community needs for children.
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