PPL Foundation grant supports Discover Art in 2017

For Immediate Release
March 8, 2017


                                               Grant contributes to student gallery visits, activities

Allentown, PA— Fourth-graders from throughout the Allentown School District will enjoy gallery visits and activities at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley this year, with help from a grant from the PPL Foundation.

The $5,000 PPL grant will be used to fund Discover Art and other programs approved by the guidelines set forth in Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Discover Art brings fourth-graders from all 14 elementary schools in the Allentown School District to the Museum twice a year for gallery explorations combined with hands-on activities developed by Museum staff.

“PPL is committed to improving the communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said Carol Obando-Derstine, PPL Electric Utilities’ regional affairs director. “A well-rounded education for our community’s children today will help them become the creative workforce of the future.”

“The Commonwealth’s EITC program allows us to continue to provide quality arts education for the students in our community,” said Michelle Rittler, development officer at the Museum. “Through the generosity of PPL, which has been a partner since 2005, and other local businesses, we are able to fulfill our educational mission of fostering literacy in the arts, promoting creative and critical thinking skills, and creating life-long learning opportunities. Furthermore, we are able to achieve our vision to engage, teach, inspire, and transform our community through the arts and to have a major impact on the social, educational, and economic excellence of our local community.”

LEFT: Fourth graders from Muhlenberg Elementary School, on the first day of spring 2017 Discover Art tours,l pose with a check from PPl Foundation in support of the educational program.
RIGHT: PPL Utilitirs regional affairs director Carol Obando-Derstine (in striped sweater) and Museum development office Michelle Rittler (to Carol's right) lend a hand during Discover Art hands-on activities on March 7.


Media Contact:
Chris Potash
Manager of Marketing and Public Relations
(610) 432-4333, extension 125
cpotash [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org


About the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley
The Allentown Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that participates in the cultural, educational, and economic life of the Lehigh Valley. Defined by a unique combination of tradition and innovation, our collections, educational partnerships, collaborative and community based programs, and exhibitions are dedicated to inspiring the broadest possible public engagement, access, and service. For more information please visit AllentownArtMuseum.org.

About the PPL
Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corporation is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector. PPL's seven high-performing, award-winning utilities serve 10 million customers in the U.S. and United Kingdom. With about 13,000 employees, the company is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and reliability and delivering superior value for shareowners. To learn more, visit www.pplweb.com