LALT Board Chair Megan Pimentel, Ken Milder, center, and LACF Executive Director Steve Laurent. Courtesy/LACF
The Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) today announced that longtime resident and community theater participant Ken Milder has established the Los Alamos Little Theater (LALT) Endowment Fund with a seed donation of $10,000. The purpose of the fund is to provide unrestricted operational support to LALT.
“I want to support the Little Theater because it is difficult to maintain a center for the performing arts, to put on plays and to provide educational programs and opportunities for experience and learning,” said Milder. “I also want to make sure the Little Theater has financial support in the years to come, as things like the pandemic can be devastating, and unfortunately not all plays make money.”
LALT, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community theater troupe, was founded in 1943 and has been providing entertainment since the days of the Manhattan Project. Productions take place in the Performing Arts Center (PAC)which LALT operates on behalf of Los Alamos County.
Milder, who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 38 years, believes there is a close relationship between science and the arts. “During my time at the Lab, what I’ve observed almost without exception is that LANL Fellows have a strong foundation in the arts, humanities, and music,” Milder said.
“An arts foundation helps people apply their technical knowledge in creative and original ways. For our country to remain a leader in science, engineering and design, we need the arts,” Milder said. “Personally, I have benefited a lot from the arts. I’ve been involved in the performing arts since I was 13, and when I moved to Los Alamos, the very first organization I joined was the Little Theater.
Milder added, “We need to add the arts to science, technology, engineering and math education and call it STEAM!”
LACF executive director Steve Laurent noted that Milder’s contribution is only a first step.
“There is a need to significantly increase the endowment so that it can relieve LALT of fundraising pressure and allow it to focus on what it does best – providing the gift of theater to the community. I encourage anyone who has been a member, or who has been entertained or touched by Le Petit Théâtre to consider contributing to the fund,” Laurent said.
To make a donation to the LALT endowment, go to https://alamos.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list.
About the Los Alamos Community Foundation: Established in 2015, the Los Alamos Community Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting sustainable philanthropy and building the capacity and success of our local organizations to non-profit. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently manages 14 local endowment funds and has total assets of nearly $900,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.
About the Little Theater of Los Alamos: Founded in 1943, LALT has been providing entertainment on the “hill” since the days of the Manhattan Project. LALT serves the following purposes: to produce plays and other dramatic works; promote public interest in plays and dramatic productions; to instruct and educate members in the dramatic arts and related subjects; and to provide the Los Alamos community with a source of dramatic talent. For more information, visit www.lalt.org.