Theatre of Youth receives $15,000 grant from the Western New York Foundation

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Meg Quinn, artistic director for Theatre of Youth (TOY), has announced that the nonprofit professional theatre company has received a $15,000 grant from The Western New York Foundation to be used for marketing and communication projects.

“For over 40 years, TOY has helped children of all ages understand and manage a complex, ever-changing world through our creative and educational programming,” says Quinn. “We are very grateful to the Western New York Foundation for this grant, which will enable us to enhance our current marketing efforts to build more awareness and increase attendance at our performances.”

In addition to presenting plays, TOY also provides fun and enriching summer programs and classes that nurture the innate creativity of every child. A not-for-profit charitable organization, TOY relies on the generosity of individual, corporate, foundation and government organizations for funding.

Theatre of Youth, founded in 1972, is Buffalo’s only professional theatre company dedicated to child audiences. Now celebrating its 44th season, TOY is the resident company at the Allendale Theatre, which has been restored in partnership with the City of Buffalo. Since opening the Allendale Theatre in December 1999, more than 500,000 children have attended TOY performances with their teachers or families. For more information, please visit

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