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The Shedd: Sharing Musical Cheer With Struggling Families

Shedd2015The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts is a nonprofit enriching the community through music. Located on the corner of Broadway and High Street in downtown Eugene, the 65,000-square-foot institute is a music school, event space and concert venue.

The Shedd supports ShelterCare every spring by donating ticket vouchers for Magical Moombah, a musical vaudeville program for kids. ShelterCare case managers distribute the vouchers to families in our emergency shelter and Homelessness Prevention programs.

Lauren Walbridge, corporate relations/development associate with The Shedd, says that donating ticket vouchers is just one way the organization increases the accessibility of its programs. “For adults who face homelessness while caring for children, a performance of The Magical Moombah might be out of reach,” she says, “By partnering with ShelterCare, we’re working to ensure that fun and engaging musical education is available to everyone in our community.” 

Yuki Kumashiro is a case manager with ShelterCare’s Housing, Health & Wellness Program. She says the kids in her program especially enjoy the opportunity to have a family outing like seeing a show at the Shedd. “It’s not something they usually get to do,” Yuki explains. “I know it means a lot to them.”

The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts also offers music school scholarships and uses grant funding to provide free tickets for students of all ages to attend many of its jazz performances. To learn more about programs and opportunities with The Shedd, visit www.theshedd.org.

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