Bank of America Client Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee Awards The Players Centre for Performing Arts with $10,000 Grant Supporting The Players Follies Program
The Players Centre is thrilled to receive a $10,000 grant from Bank of America Client Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee for support of The Players Follies, a performance program for ages 50 and above designed to aid in the health and well-being of our older population. Grant funds will be used to keep the program free of cost for all members, removing the financial barrier to participation and further improving the physical and mental state of our senior citizens.
Participants meet three hours weekly at The Players Studio, working with trained professionals to hone their skills in acting, singing, and dancing. They are taught songs with emphasis on breathing, pitch, and memorization. Members work on choreography which improves fitness, stamina, and balance. Memorizing lines and songs helps with memory retention and lucidity. Studies have shown that participating in the arts decreases anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and stress while increasing cognitive benefits including improvements in memory, comprehension, and problem-solving. All positive effects of access to the arts for seniors.
Their work culminates in a production that they’ve written and created during class. Catch them in Mutiny on the SS Luna Sea (a Cruise to Amuse) – March 31, 2023 at The Players Studio (1400 Blvd. of the Arts, Suite 200, Sarasota, FL 34236)
“This program has been part of The Players Centre’s ongoing programming since 2009. To have the support from Bank of America Client Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee indicates the importance of giving this segment of the population more support and greater focus to meet their needs,” explains William Skaggs, CEO of The Players Centre for Performing Arts.
For more information on The Players Follies and other programs at The Players Studio please go here.