ASHTABULA — As the Ashtabula Arts Center continues its reopening plans, KeyBank of Ashtabula is offering $5,000 in scholarship money for virtual learning, the bank and the arts center announced in a joint press release.

“This sponsorship allows us to help those in our community who want to take part in virtual arts learning, but have faced financial difficulty during the COVID pandemic,” Ashtabula Arts Center Executive Director Meeghan Humprey stated in the release.

“The Ashtabula Arts Center continues to be a strong resource in our community. All of us at KeyBank are delighted to support the ongoing efforts of the Arts Center, especially during these challenging and changing times. We commend the leadership of the Arts Center for their quick adoption of virtual class offerings to promote the continued health and safety of the citizens of Ashtabula,” stated Bonnie Cannon, manager of KeyBank of Ashtabula in the release.

The scholarships will be available through the Arts Center’s website during the selection process. The scholarships will be available until they run out and are under “KeyBank Sponsored Scholarship” when signing up for each class.

Ashtabula Arts Center Marketing and Public Relations Director Mandi Frazier said the center’s reopening has gone well in some areas, but a little slow in others.

“As far as private music lessons, people have reacted well,” Frazier said. She said dance classes, properly socially distanced are going well. 

Virtual classes have been going well and will be offered into the fall, Frazier said. She said the visual arts classes have been more of a challenge.

“People are understandably concerned,” she said.

Potential students can continue to review options on the Arts Center website.




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