The Emily List Fund for Performing Arts Therapy has been established by Emily's family to honor her memory as an actor, a dancer, a reviewer and a lover of the performing arts. The Fund will be used to support theater, dance and music projects aimed at helping the sick and disadvantaged in the interest of making their lives better and brighter through the performing arts.

Grant Recipients

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Enchanted Circle Theater (ECT) received a grant for YOUTH TRUTH Performance Ensemble, a collaboration with the Treehouse Foundation.

YOUTH TRUTH is designed to help young people who have experienced foster care “build self-esteem, life skills, artistic voice, social competency and resilience.” The program, facilitated by professional artists, educators and social workers, provides performing arts training that allows students to present real life experiences with foster care and adoption from their own perspectives.

The program’s broader goal is “to inspire policy change in the complex world of child welfare.” To that end, recent performances have included a show for the public at Holyoke High School, one for social workers and administrators at the Department for Children and Families (DCF) and one for legislators and community arts leaders at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

ECT Director Priscilla Kane Hellwig says the group hopes to present at the Foster Youth Action’s Youth Leadership Conference in October in Washington, D.C., and we hope Emily’s grant will help make that happen.