DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS (030318) – REA CHARITABLE TRUST CHECK PRESENTATION TO OC

ODESSA, TEXAS/MARCH 3, 2018 – ON FRIDAY, MARCH 2ND THE ODESSA COLLEGE FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS RECEIVED A 150 THOUSDAND DOLLAR DONATION FROM THE RAE CHARITABLE TRUST TO HELP WITH EQUIPMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND MUCH NEEDED SUPPLIES, INCLUDING THE STEINWAY PIANO REPLACEMENT CAMPAIGN.

(ERIC BAKER, CHAIR OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS, ODESSA COLLEGE)

“WE WERE ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER A PACKAGE OF NEEDS CENTERED AROUND THE STUDENTS CENTERED AROUND HOW THEY PERFORM AND THE NEEDS THAT THEY HAVE.”

ODESSA COLLEGE HAS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT IN OIL AND GAS EDUCATIONALLY PROGRAMS. THE ARTS AND MUSIC PROGRAMS AT ODESSA COLLEGE ARE ALSO A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE CULTURE IN THE PERMIAN BASIN, AND OC ARTS HAS BECOME A MAJOR PLAYER –  COMPETITING WITH OTHER COMMUNITY COLLEGES AROUND THE STATE.

(ERIC BAKER, CHAIR OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS, ODESSA COLLEGE)

“WE’VE HAD SOME OF OUR ALUMNI GRADUATE AND MOVE ON TO PERFORMING CAREERS IN NEW YORK. MOST IF NOT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS THAT GRADUATE WITH OUR MUSIC DEGREE TRANSFER TO FOUR YEAR UNIVERSITIES, MANY, ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST FEW YEARS WITH FULL RIDES TO SOME VERY PRESTIGES GROUPS: KANSAS WEST-LANDS, TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY.”

(ERIC BAKER, CHAIR OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS, ODESSA COLLEGE)

THE REA CHARITABLE TRUST WAS CREATED IN MIDLAND IN 2009 WITH IT’S PRIMARY PURPOSE TO PROMOTE AND SUPPORT THE ARTS.

“THIS GIFT IS GOING TO BENEFIT ALL OF THE ARTS HERE AT ODESSA COLLEGE. THE PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT, WHICH HAS A FANTASTIC GROUP OF STUDENTS, WHO ALSO WIN PRESTIGES AWARDS ON A REGULAR BASIS. THEY’RE GOING TO BE GETTING SOME SUPPLIES. THE THEATRE PROGRAM IS OF COURSE ALSO BENEFITING FROM THIS IN THE WAY THAT GLOBE IS BEING RENOVATED. THE ART PROGRAM IS ALSO GETTING MUCH NEEDED SUPPLIES TO HELP WITH THEIR STUDENTS’ SUCCESS. SO, WHEN THEY MAKE ART, THEY’LL BE ABLE TO FRAME IT AND DISPLAY IT APPROPRIATELY AND PROFESSIONALLY.”

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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Author: Danny Barrera