Academy of Children’s Theatre’s annual Heart for the Arts fundraiser is Saturday — and it’s honoring a local arts luminary.
Ginny Quinley, who teaches theater at Columbia Basin College and is an ACT founder and board member, will be the special guest of honor.
Heart for the Arts starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Shilo Inn in Richland. Cost is $85 per person.
Quinley “is a remarkable visionary,” Nancy Schenter, board president, said in a statement.
She “believes in the transformative power of theater as a catalyst for positive change” and the community is better for it, Schenter said.
Quinley is a Richland native who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in theater from Washington State University.
She taught drama at Hanford High School in Richland, eventually moving to CBC, where she’s directed 167 productions alone.
In 1995, she joined forces with Jo Brodzinski and Linda Hoffman to start ACT.
The Heart for the Arts event raises money for the children’s theater, which offers performances, classes and special programs.
ACT students will perform during the fundraiser, which also will include wine, food and auctions.