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Community School of the Arts Awarded Grant for CODA Program

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Apr 29, 2016

Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) was recently awarded a generous grant from the JCS Fund of The DuPage Foundation. The funding will help to support CSA’s Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) program, which provides free music and visual arts instruction to more than 1,600 students in 12 locations in DuPage County.

CODA’s initiatives, which inhabit many of the principles of Creative Youth Development, are designed to provide arts access to young, underexposed talents who might not otherwise have the opportunity to develop their creative abilities. It reaches across racial and economic barriers in order to use the arts for holistic student development by building language proficiency, cultural awareness, character, and emotional well-being.

The program also conducts classes for immigrant and refugee children at the World Relief DuPage Preschool in Wheaton and works with the Addison and West Chicago Park Districts to provide visual arts classes for senior citizens.

“We are grateful that the JCS Fund enables us to serve so many students in DuPage County. Without the CODA Program, many students in the districts we serve would lack musical and artistic access,” says Carol McNeil, Administrator of the CODA program. “The JCS Fund understands the long term, trajectory-changing benefits of high-quality, ongoing instruction in the arts. We are honored that JCS entrusts us with this task. Like Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the Suzuki Method, CODA believes that through arts instruction we help develop the heart and character of students.”

About Community Outreach for Developing Artists

One of the primary ways in which Community School of the Arts (CSA) serves the local community is through the Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) program. CODA currently provides no cost music and visual arts instruction to over 1,600 children in DuPage County in 12 locations. All the public school districts and feeder schools that CODA serves reflect student populations of over 60% low income and over 60% Hispanic, Black, Asian, and multi-racial ethnicity, per Illinois Report Cards. CODA offers: Early Childhood Music classes, Suzuki Violin, Suzuki Recorder, Early Childhood Visual Arts classes, and Brush with Art for Seniors.
 

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