MAD Factory grateful for support of the arts

To the editor:

On behalf of the staff and board of The MAD Factory (Music, Arts, and Drama) and the entire cast and crew of our summer production of “Sweeney Todd,” I would like to thank Oberlin Schools superintendent David Hall, high school principal William Baylis, administrative assistant Brittnay Palermo, and the Oberlin board of education for their generous support of our organization and most importantly our community.

For the past 25 years, the MAD Factory has provided thousands of students with theater-based arts education and continues to award an average of $10,000 in scholarship assistance each year. This is made possible by generous funding from the Nord Family Foundation, the Nordson Corporation Foundation, the Community Foundation of Lorain County, the city of Oberlin, the Stocker Foundation, Nordson Corporation, Hart Asphalt, the Morning Journal, Mariotti Printing, and through contributions by local businesses and patrons.

In a time when many school districts are forced to put arts education on the back burner, the Oberlin city school district maintains a strong curriculum for its students and supports artistic endeavors by Oberlin-based arts organizations such as The MAD Factory, which serve not only the Oberlin community but also that of Greater Lorain County. By allowing us to use their beautiful auditorium to offer our performances, we are able to bring families into our city to shop, dine, and be entertained.

OHS also showed its generosity by allowing us to use its facilities to hold our three-week-long MAD Camp for five to 14-year-olds this year. During our stay, many friendships were forged, art was created, music was composed, and the camp culminated with performances on the high school stage.

We have received outstanding service and support from the entire staff of OHS and would like each and every person to know how very much we appreciate all of their help and support.

Linda Michalak

Executive Director