In 2007 the Foundation was the recipient of the L.P. “Pat” Mullen estate. Mr. Mullen was a self-taught engineer and inventor. He was a life-long Salina native who valued innovation and education. According to his wishes, the Foundation established two field of interest funds to create grants for the education of youth in the areas of arts and humanities, and science, technology & invention.
Grants are limited to programs or projects that serve youth up to and through high school and within Saline County, and encourage hands-on learning opportunities. Grants can be used for the advancement or enhancement of an existing program or for a new program.
2011 L.P. “Pat” Mullen Fund for Arts & Humanities
$7,000 –Salina Arts & Humanities
This is the second year of a three year grant to establish the mobile arts lab. The mobile arts van brings art activities to Salina children in unusual venues, reaching those with limited opportunities in the arts, especially in remote or indigent neighborhoods. The van will create a path for children grades pre-K to 6 to explore art and learn about arts opportunities in Salina. The project also involves Salina teens, who serve as helpers and mentors.
$7,000 – Salina Community Theatre
The grant will assist in the purchase and installation of dance floors in the new classrooms of the education wing. The new floors will be “sprung” flooring, much like contemporary basketball courts and running tacks, with a flexible subfloor which will allows for healthier conditions and fewer injuries for the young dancers. The youth theatre program at SCT has grown significantly in recent years, including a 400% increase in enrollment of the dance classes.
$5,000-Salina Art Center
The grant will expand a successful program serving at-risk youth in Salina. The Snapshots program brings high school students from USD 305’s Opportunity Now Program together with artists and writers for a semester long photography and art course. The program will be extended to students at Salina Central, South and St. John’s Military School and will provide students experiences that will foster an understanding of art techniques, processes and skills that will help students be successful in the future.
Total Mullen Arts & Humanities grants to be awarded: $19,000
L.P. “Pat” Mullen Fund for Youth Science, Invention & Technology
$6,250- Sacred Heart Jr/Sr High School Robotics Program
The grant will be used to purchase robotics kits and support software for a new robotics program. The equipment will be used to explore the relationship between science, math and computer programming. Robots provide “hands on” understanding of physic principles that reinforce the math, science and computer skill needed for future careers.
$4,000-Salina Central High School FIRST Robotics Team
This is the first year of a multi-year grant for the Salina Central Robotics Team. The team plans to offer a mentoring program to encourage more area schools to participate in the FIRST Robotics organization. Members of the team will work with area grade school students to introduce them to robotics. Funds will also support the efforts of the Central team with the purchase robotic kits, parts and registration fees for competitions.
$1,070-Salina Community Theatre
The grant will purchase a laptop computer and special software for hands-on technology classes in theatrical lighting and scene design for youth grades 4-12. The lighting and video software will allow students to create innovative scenes for classes and live performances. The equipment will also allow be used by theatre staff to educate local schools and theatres in the region as they acquire similar technology.
Total Mullen Science, Technology & Invention grants to be awarded: $11,320