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SMARTS program receives $10K from National Endowment for the Arts

“All Americans should have access to the arts,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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WARREN — The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $10,000 to Students Motivated by the Arts to support an artist-in-residence experience for each of the four PK-8 buildings in the Warren City School District.

“All Americans should have access to the arts,” Mary Anne Carter, acting chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said in a news release. “Grants such as this one to SMARTS are an important part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ work to ensure people in communities both large and small across the nation have the opportunity to experience the arts.”

SMARTS will use the funding for programming with Any Given Child, Warren, an initiative with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. SMARTS is matching the grant with $10,000 in administration and project oversight.

The SMARTS artist-in-residence experience will be the first opportunity for PK-8 teachers and students at Lincoln, McGuffey, Jefferson and Willard to experience art in a hands-on way through SMARTS community teaching artists, according to the release.

“We have been training and preparing for this since 2017 and are looking forward to seeing the positive results in the classrooms,” Caroline Lorimer, SMARTS education director, said. 

SMARTS serves as the backbone arts organization for Any Given Child, Warren, and Becky Keck, SMARTS president, is the liaison to the Kennedy Center. Any Given Child, Warren is among 27 communities across the country that participate in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative.

For the SMARTS AIR schedule, contact Keck at bkeck@smartsartschool.org or 330-574-2787. For more information about SMARTS and upcoming classes or event offerings, go to www.SmartsArtSchool.org.



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