Each summer since 1997 Carbondale Community Arts’ All
Southern High School Theatre Project (ASHSTP) has offered southern
Illinois teens intense theatre education workshops that culminate with
professionally staged performances at McLeod Summer Playhouse.
In 2003, to honor this unique program and to raise funds for public school art installations, CCA’s ArtWorks in Schools Committee began hosting ASHSTP Opening Night Dinners. With the successful completion of its primary ArtWorks mission in 2008, the Committee dedicated the proceeds of its final dinner to the establishment of a permanent ASHSTP scholarship fund.
Under the leadership of Mary Ellen Dillard (ArtWorks’ founding co-chair) the Opening Night Dinner became a celebration of arts education. Scholarship donors continute to assure that the ASHSTP endures as an affordable and accessible opportunity for youngsters throughout the region.