Aug. 5, 2010
Morningside College has received a $30,000 grant from the Gilchrist Foundation to enhance the college’s theatre program.
Morningside will use the grant to upgrade the lighting system in Klinger-Neal Theatre and to partially fund a series of visiting guest artists during the 2010-2011 academic year.
"Work on the lighting system is one of several recent physical enhancements to Klinger-Neal Theatre, which was constructed in 1964, that will improve the technical quality of theatre department productions,” said William Deeds, Morningside’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.
Deeds said the Gilchrist Foundation grant also will help fund visiting guest artists during the upcoming academic year to work with Morningside students in special master classes, visit regularly scheduled theatre classes and speak or perform at events that are open to the campus and Sioux City community.
"We have identified several high-profile, successful artists who are willing to come to Morningside College, and we hope to announce details in the near future,” Deeds said.
Morningside's theatre department offers a major and minor in theatre and a minor in dance. All Morningside students, regardless of their selected major, have an opportunity to be involved in theatre or dance performances.
The Gilchrist Foundation furthers the philanthropy of the late Jocelyn Gilchrist, and her family, in the arts, wildlife, conservation, public broadcasting, medical care and disaster relief. The foundation makes grants to pre-selected non-profit organizations and is administered through the trust department at Security National Bank of Sioux City.