LSO Kidstuff program to expand into 6 counties

By Merri Hanjora -

LIMA — The Lima Symphony Orchestra was recently awarded a $10,000 Challenge America: Arts Engagement in American Communities matching-funds grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This award will allow the symphony to expand its children’s programming.

“This allows us to expand our Kidstuff programs for elementary and pre-school children. It will allow us to expand from four Kidstuff programs a year to 24 programs in six additional counties. So, we are adding 20 programs and expanding 500 percent,” said Elizabeth Brown Ellis, executive director of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. “It’s incredibly exciting.”

Currently, the Lima Symphony Orchestra’s Kidstuff programs are held for area children at the Lima Public Library. With the grant, the symphony will take its new “Symphony Storytime” program to libraries in Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam and Van Wert counties.

Children will enjoy books which will be accompanied by classical masterworks performed by a members of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. The program allows children to experience music through interactive teaching and introduces them to basic musical ideas and concepts.

”We will have a program with the string instruments, another program with the brass instruments and a final program using percussion instruments. By the end the kids will see all of the families that make up the orchestra,” said Ellis. “We are the only professional performing arts agency in seven counties. We have a responsibility to take seriously and fulfill our mission of education.”

By Merri Hanjora

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

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