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Foundation gives $1 million grant to Detroit youth theatre

January 4, 2019
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Students perform a dance routine as part of auditions at the Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit, on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. The theater recently received a gift of $1 million Hamilton producer and Oak Park native Jeffrey Seller. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — A foundation started by “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller is giving a $1 million grant to the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.

Mosaic says that the Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation grant will be distributed over five years and will fund its summer camp and a middle school program.

The annual funding will support up to 200 camp scholarships. Funding also will be set aside for an endowment to support future programs.

Seller is a Detroit-area native. He started the foundation along with Josh Lehrer, a photographer and documentarist.

“Hamilton” is an award-winning take on the nation’s first U.S. treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton. It has been cheered for reclaiming the nation’s founding story with a multicultural cast.

The nonprofit Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit was founded 27 years ago.

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