SPECIAL EDITION / February 2018

$2.5M grant to Paramount School of Performing Arts will boost Aurora’s cultural identity

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Downtown Aurora is being transformed into a cultural center with the success of the Paramount’s Broadway series. Since its inception in 2011, more than 1 million people have attended an award-winning show.

With such tremendous success comes the need to expand: new, larger rehearsal space, efficiency apartments for visiting actors and the opportunity to grow local talent. Classes in vocal performance, instrument, acting and dance will be offered to all ages. Behind-the-scenes classes in set design and construction will also be offered.

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Dunham Fund Board of Advisors (left to right: Mark Truemper, Ryan Maley, Theodia Gillespie, Robert Vaughan, Michael Morcos, Wendy Hirsch) present $2.5M check to Paramount Theatre’s Act 2 Campaign chairperson, Tom Weisner.

The Dunham Fund is honored to continue support to the Paramount Theatre by providing a $2.5 million grant towards the $4.5 million goal of the Paramount Theatre’s Act 2 Capital Campaign to help fund the Paramount School of Performing Arts at the John C. Dunham Aurora Art Center. The grant will also support the Save A Seat Campaign – a plan to replace the 80-plus-year-old Paramount Theatre seats.

With the Dunham Fund support, the Paramount Theatre is poised to be at the center of Aurora’s cultural renaissance.

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Save A Seat Campaign will replace 80-plus-year-old Paramount Theatre seats in 2018.