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Arts Alive program kicks off today

Arts Alive , a program created and funded by Princeton University to provide cultural experiences in New York for up to 10,000 schoolchildren affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, begins today with visits to the American Museum of Natural History, the museum's Hayden Planetarium and two Broadway shows.

One hundred children and family members from Public School 234, located near the World Trade Center disaster site, are expected to tour the natural history museum and planetarium today. Sixty students and family members are expected to attend matinees of "42nd Street" or "Beauty and the Beast." The program continues tomorrow and Friday, when 100 children and family members are scheduled to visit the museum and planetarium each day.

Fifteen Princeton students will accompany the children on each museum visit, and three Princeton students will go along to each matinee performance.

Princeton is conducting the Arts Alive program in partnership with HAI (Hospital Audiences Inc.), a non-profit organization that has been working with the New York City Board of Education to provide public school students with opportunities to attend live arts and cultural programs.

P.S. 234, on Greenwich Street in TriBeCa, has been temporarily relocated since Sept. 11, with the children attending classes at St. Bernard's Parochial School. Over the next few days, the school staff will be preparing to move back to the regular school building.

Princeton has committed $1 million to four programs created to respond to the tragedies of Sept. 11. In addition to Arts Alive, the University established a scholarship program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which lost more than 100 students and alumni as a result of the attacks; set up week-long programs next summer for children who lost parents; and devoted funds to support faculty and staff who can contribute special expertise to New York's renewal and recovery, and for student research related to the attacks.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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