The Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA) was recently awarded a $10,000 Cultural Excellence Grant from the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation. The grant will support the Theatre Outreach program in the Baltimore City Public School System. In addition, the grant will assist CCTA’s afterschool programs in three Baltimore City schools, four performances of the original play Ben Carson, M.D., and a summer performing arts camp.

Andy Bertamini, Wachovia’s Greater Baltimore regional vice president, presented CCTA and nine other area nonprofits with the grants.

“Our goal in creating the Cultural Excellence Grants program was to celebrate the creativity of our cultural partners and express our belief, that, together we can open young minds to experiences, talents and dreams they may not otherwise develop,” said Bertamini.

CCTA’s Outreach Program, created in 2004, is designed to make theater accessible to low-income students. Since its inception, the program has worked with nearly 20,000 Baltimore students through free subsidized performances, afterschool programs and a summer camp.