OC visual and performing arts get financial boost

Odessa College’s visual and performing arts programs got a boost of $150,000 from the Rea Charitable Trust on Friday.

The funds were awarded to the Odessa College Foundation with the stipulation that they be used for the visual and performing arts departments. The announcement was made in the Globe Theater.

In the past five years, the Rea Charitable Trust has awarded $840,000, including Friday’s grant, to Odessa College in support of the visual and performing arts. This includes the Steinway piano replacement campaign and the revitalization of the Globe Theater where many OC officials and dignitaries filled the seats.

Executive Director for Advancement Jeff Meyers said the college is honored by the continued support from the Rea Charitable Trust. Contributions like this never get old.

“It’s very exciting and fun and their commitment to arts not only in our community but at Odessa College is steadfast, so we’re very thankful to them,” Meyers said.

He said examples of what the funds will be used for include musical instruments for the band and a drum line, photography equipment, risers for the choir and acoustic shells that will go behind the band and choir and some equipment for art department, as well.

OC Board of Trustees President Royce Bodiford said he thinks the donation is “tremendous and fantastic” that the Rea Charitable Trust has continued to support OC.

The Rea Charitable Trust was created in 2009, with its primary purpose being promotion of the arts. Isabel was the daughter of a well-known ranching family, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. McClintic, and was well known as one of Midland’s most talented pianists.

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