Inspired Arts Receives MicroGrant for Theater Expansion

Monday, December 2, 2013

Morton, IL - Today, the Morton Economic Development Council announced Sarah Knuppel, Owner of Inspired Arts Academy, has been awarded a Morton MicroGrant to support the establishment of a new theater venue and program.  The grant is funded through a directed investment by Morton Community Bank.  “Inspired Arts Academy’s expansion will add a much needed venue for their programming and also another needed draw for the Field Shopping Center,” said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Morton EDC.  “We are excited to support their project.”

Inspired Arts Academy expanded their Morton location in the fall of 2013 by opening a new facility at the Field Shopping Center.  They currently offer a wide variety of dance, gymnastics, art, theater, videography, technology, and architectural classes for children and adults.  “Multiple times during the year we are putting on performances involving music, theater, dance, and graphic arts for our students, their families, and the community,” said Knuppel.  “With this theater expansion, we can offer more opportunities for rentals and performances in Morton.”

The Morton MicroGrant of $2,000 will help Knuppel add professional lighting, a light and sound booth, and a backstage dressing room and makeup area to their in house theater.  “Adding these elements to our theater will allow us to create an affordable venue for our performances,” said Knuppel.  “We can also hold events to raise funds for local non profits and attract local performances that will enhance the community’s theatrical event capabilities.”  Knuppel plans to add one full time and two part time positions to assist with the theater, videography, and music programs based on this expansion project.

The Morton MicroGrant is a special fund created by the Morton Economic Development Council to encourage small business development and job creation for Morton.  The Morton MicroGrant fund is made possible through a directed investment by Morton Community Bank.

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