South Shore Arts receives grant for children and family programming

2014-05-05T00:00:00Z South Shore Arts receives grant for children and family programmingTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 05, 2014 12:00 am  • 

MUNSTER | South Shore Arts, headquartered at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, is the recipient of a $5,000 Community Investment Grant from local pipeline business Enbridge Energy.

Funds donated to South Shore Arts, which also operates arts centers in Crown Point and Hammond, will support the “everykid” outreach program. "Everykid" annually provides more than 28,000 artistically underserved students, including inner city and rural communities, with educational art and literacy experiences, most of it at no cost.

“Enbridge strives to be a good neighbor through philanthropy and the active involvement of employees with organizations serving our communities,” said John Gauderman, Chicago Region director. “We believe that supporting the South Shore Arts ‘everykid’ program is one way to show our commitment to the communities where we work and live.”

By weaving visual arts into a reading activity, South Shore Arts has developed creative and effective tools to help teachers improve students’ English language arts skills, encourage self-respect, tolerance, and other social issues and develop a life-long love for reading and art. By partnering with schools and youth-serving agencies, "everykid" reaches students by taking SSA instructors and supplies directly to them.

Under the umbrella of "everykid," more than 20 unique programs have been tailored to meet particular objectives at appropriate grade levels. Thanks to the success of “Polar Express,” a holiday-themed reading and art program serving 3,300 first-graders every year, a series of literacy-based art programs has been developed for grades 2 through 4.

More information about South Shore Arts can be found at www.SouthShoreArtsOnline.org.

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