U.S. Bank recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC) Foundation to help provide art education to area youth. The foundation provides instruction to secondary school students in the areas of dance, music, theater and many other artistic endeavors.

“U.S. Bank is proud to support the LPAC’s Arts for Youth program as it provides available exposure to arts and culture for students throughout the Antelope Valley,” said Laurie Formentera, district operations manager with U.S. Bank and a board member with the LPAC Foundation. “The Arts for Youth program provides opportunities many of our young people may not otherwise experience.”

Some of the students receive first-hand instruction from artists and musicians in their schools, while others are able to participate in a theatrical performance. Also, the LPAC maintains a multifaceted giving program for donors of all levels. In partnership with the community, the foundation provides scholarships for tickets and bus funding assistance to some of the region’s finest artistic performances and exhibits. The foundation also provides outreach and workshops on local school campuses and also encourages contributions toward capital and facility enhancements at the LPAC.

“We are very appreciative of U.S. Bank’s continued support of the LPAC Foundation and our mission to enrich the lives of students in our community through art education,” said Steven Derryberry, LPAC Foundation board president.

The Arts for Youth program also looks forward to forging a closer relationship with the Young Artist Workshops at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH). The museum has opened a new suite of exhibits which have been inspired by MOAH’s exhibiting artists, particularly exploration of the STEAM concepts, which combines digital and conventional concepts. Admission is offered free to youth 17 years and younger. The next workshop is scheduled for Dec. 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. at MOAH: CEDAR, 44857 Cedar Ave., just off the BLVD.

In December, workshop participants will explore self-image by creating “Vanity Cameos” inspired by exhibiting artists Roni Stretch and Justin Bower. Participants will learn about harnessing the “science of shadows” to create bust silhouettes or cameos, learn about how the part of the brain responsible for facial recognition works, and then select words and phrases they believe best describe themselves from magazines and printed advertisements.

For more details, call (661) 723-6250.