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Community School of the Arts Awarded a 2015 Women's Impact Fund Grant

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May 21, 2015
Charlotte , NC

The Women’s Impact Fund has announced that Guild member Community School of the Arts (CSA) is the recipient of a 2015 grant. The $76,000 grant will fund the expansion of CSA’s preschool arts integration program.

The award was announced at the annual meeting of the Women’s Impact Fund on May 20, 2015 at Byron’s South End in Charlotte, NC. The grant will support CSA’s preschool arts programming, which has involved integrating art and science into affiliate school’s preschool curriculum. Through the expansion funded by the Women’s Impact Fund, CSA’s visual art specialist will conduct professional development workshops for 60 area preschool teachers and lead arts-integrated lessons in their 30 classrooms, training teachers to successfully integrate the arts into core subjects in preschool curriculum, thereby maximizing student learning. CSA’s Preschool Arts Lab On the Go (PAL) will also visit each class twice, reading a book and leading students in arts activities relevant to its content. The program will be individually tailored to meet the needs of each school.

“The continuation and expansion of our arts integration program will allow us to reach many more preschools, teachers, and students, bringing the benefits of a quality arts-integrated education to Mecklenburg County’s youngest generation. We are so thankful to Women’s Impact Fund for this opportunity,” said Devlin McNeil, Executive Director of Community School of the Arts.

About Community School of the Arts

Community School of the Arts' mission and passion is transforming lives and inspiring community through outstanding, accessible arts education.  For more than forty years, the School has ensured that inspiring arts instruction is available to all by pursuing a simple strategy of compassion and inclusion:  Create excellent art and music programs that appeal to families of all income levels, then strive to make those programs available to every child through free outreach initiatives, merit scholarships and need-based financial aid.  CSA’s extensive programs touch more than 3,100 students a year from all neighborhoods, backgrounds and lifestyles.  CSA is proud to offer a variety of music and art education opportunities in Charlotte including: group classes, outreach programs, private music and art lessons, recitals, summer camps and preschool programs.

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