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Providence CityArts celebratory flash party
By Connie Grosch / November 14, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...

Daniel Kertzner, our Vice President for Grant Programs, joined children and staff from Providence CityArts for a flash party bus tour celebrating the organization’s 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Led by Big Nazo, some three dozen excited children with bucket drums and banners climbed the steps of Providence City Hall to present us with a screenprinted poster designed for the occasion by local artist Rebecca Volynsky.



CityArts is one of 14 awardees chosen from a pool of more than 350 organizations nationwide that use creative youth programs to promote engagement in the arts and humanities to increase academic achievement.

What started in 1992 as a summer camp program organized by a handful of neighborhood social service agencies, families, and community leaders, has expanded to include year-round afterschool and summer classes which now serve hundreds of youth annually.

Our relationship with CityArts began in 1994 with a small grant to fund a summer ceramics course. Over the next twenty years, we have continued to support CityArts, providing more than a half-million dollars in funding for professional development, operating support, and program expansion.

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