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October 26, 2011
Parsons Foundation Awards $100,000 to K-12 Arts Ed Outreach
The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons is proud to announce that its K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program (K-12 ArtsEd) has been awarded a $100,000 multi-year grant from The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.
The grant, to be distributed over the next two years, will assist in the PAC’s efforts to design sustainable arts education curriculum for all grade levels through partnerships with the five local school districts, various government and business organizations, as well as local, regional and national arts organizations.
The K-12 ArtsEd program has seen steady growth over the last three years and this grant will help ensure that local students will have continued access to unique arts programming and special events, such as next spring’s Rock the Rhythm: Beat the Odds drum circle, taking place inside Cougar Stadium.
“We are very grateful to The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation for its support,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “This grant will enable us to continue to build on our proven model. It is a testament to the wonderful work of all of our consortium partners that we were able to receive this gift.”
As part of the K-12 ArtsEd bus-in program, nearly 6,000 local students will visit the PAC to see a main stage production. The recent Parsons Foundation grant will not only help to defer many of the transportation costs associated with such programs, but will also help increase the amount of shows offered in future years.
About The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation strives to support and facilitate the work of the region's best nonprofit organizations, recognizing that many of those in need today will go on to shape the future of Southern California, to define it, redefine it, and help it set and achieve new goals. For more information about the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation please visit www.rmpf.org.
PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program
The K-12 ArtsEd program continues to provide incredible opportunities for the youth of the Santa Clarita Valley through valuable partnerships with major arts organizations in California and across the nation. The program uses the college’s vast cultural and community resources to provide Santa Clarita’s student population with access to top-tier, visual and performing arts activities and learning opportunities. The K-12 Arts Ed program has at its core a collaborative approach, partnering with teachers and administrators in school districts and community-based organizations throughout the area to develop an enhanced arts education curriculum and a variety of unique educational opportunities for all students.
For more information about the PAC’s K-12 ArtsEd program please visit www.canyons.edu/Offices/PIO/CanyonsPAC/k12arts.html.