LaGrange Art Museum Awarded Georgia Council for the Arts Grant

Updated: Jul. 13, 2018 at 10:43 AM EDT
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The LaGrange Art Museum was awarded a Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) FY19 Arts Education Program Grant for $5000.

This grant will be used to provide a program for Meriwether County public school kindergarteners that combines literacy improvement through art. The program, which begins with the new school year in August, will take place at three Meriwether County elementary schools:  Mountain View, George E. Washington, and Unity.

It involves 221 kindergarten students, nine classroom teachers, two art teachers, eight para-pros, and more than 300 family members.

"GCA’s guidelines emphasized student impact, and the Grant Review Panel awarded the museum high scores for the services it provides to the children of Georgia," said Allen Bell, GCA Arts Education Manager.

Implementing the program will be the museum’s director of education Sallie Keith and art educators Carol Cain and Cecil Simpkins.

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - LaGrange Art Museum Director of Education Sallie Keith says, "While the museum is honored to be selected for a very competitive grant, the real winners are these students. Nearly two-thirds of the state's children are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade and Meriwether's children fall even lower."

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