Peoples Bancorp Foundation makes donation

MARIETTA – Peoples Bancorp Foundation, a non-profit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, has awarded $2,000 to Artsbridge to help fund the pilot program “Arts Encounter.”

Arts Encounter is a new program designed to take select middle school students to encounter the arts. Students will see a live theater performance, meet the musical cast, and learn about backstage activities. The pilot program will also provide supplies, instruction, and the opportunity to paint with watercolor and acrylics at an art center.

“It is important to pass an appreciation and understanding of the arts on from one generation to the next. The arts enrich our lives. It is our hope students taking part in this program will experience the joy, diversity, and creativity the arts provide,” said Larry Holdren, Peoples Bank senior vice president, Business Development and Community.

Artsbridge began in 1986 when 250 citizens came to together and formulated a Cultural Action Plan for the Mid-Ohio Valley. From that comprehensive plan emerged Artsbridge, the arts service agency for Washington County, Ohio, and Wood County, West Virginia. Artsbridge supports and manages three main programs, United Arts Fund, Arts Services and Arts Education.

Peoples Bancorp Foundation contributions focus on charitable giving in four major areas: community investment and economic development, youth and education, human services programs that improve the social needs of low- to moderate-income communities and individuals, and the arts and cultures. Organizations receiving grants meet those requirements and serve the markets where Peoples Bank has office locations.

Peoples Bancorp Inc. is a diversified financial products and services company with $2.1 billion in assets, 49 locations and 47 ATMs in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.