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

haiti performing arts camp

Grace Episcopal Church received grants for its fourth summer performing arts camp for the children in Bayonnais, Haiti, where the church sponsors a partner school.

This two-week theater/dance/music camp at St. Matthieu’s School, grades will focus on fourth, fifth and sixth graders creating and presenting a play that incorporates music and dance. The children will help work on a script, make costumes, create scenery and rehearse for the performance, which will be open to everyone in the village.   
Two college students will serve as co-directors, along with several St. Matthieu’s teachers.  The first few camps have been highly successful in achieving their goals: to expose the children to art, music, theater and dance--subjects not covered in the government-mandated school curriculum; to model for the teachers different ways to engage their students, and “to bring joy to the children’s summer.”  

The camps, three of which have been supported by Emily’s Fund, have been amazingly popular with both the children and the community. And Grace Church reports that the experience also has been “life-altering” for the U.S. directors, two of whom have returned to Haiti to work for a year or more.