Thea Foundation receives the Difference Makers award | KLRT

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Art comes in many different forms, such as painting, music and drama.

“The arts are an incredible medium in which students can move, process the world around them, see themselves,” said Nick Leopoulous.

Leopoulous is the executive director of Thea Foundation, which is located in the Argenta district of North Little Rock. The foundation strives to support arts education.

“It gives them an incredible platform to be themselves,” Leopoulous said.

Thea Foundation is named after Thea Kay Leopoulous. Her family started the nonprofit two decades ago after Thea died in a car crash.

“He was an incredibly creative person who needed the arts to be able to find confidence and his place in education,” Leopoulous said.

Over the years, Thea Foundation has awarded $2.7 million in scholarships to high school students in Arkansas. The foundation also has what it calls an arts closet, which provides teachers with money so they can buy supplies for their students. These are just two reasons the nonprofit is recognized by Rainwater, Holt & Sexton as this month’s Difference Maker.

“Having community support like this is irreplaceable,” Leopoulous said. “It’s something you never expect, but when you get that kind of support, it makes a difference.”

Leopoulous said the $1,000 donation will go a long way in helping teachers and the thousands of students they serve each year.

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