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 a grant for its fifth summer camp including the performing arts for the children in Bayonnais, Haiti, where the church sponsors a partner school.

This two-week camp at St. Matthieu’s School will provide both academics and performing arts to 45 children each day. The children will be able to enjoy creating theater, music and dance. A performance on the final day will be open to everyone in the village.

One college and one high school student will serve as co-directors, along with several St. Matthieu’s teachers. The first few camps have been successful in exposing 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, 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, some of whom have returned to Haiti to work.