The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) in Missouri announced today that it has received a $20,000 grant from the Dana Brown Charitable Trust in support of its ArtReach and LEAP Middle School Initiative youth education programs, benefiting local middle and high school students.
“St. Louis youth interested in the arts deserve to have opportunities to explore and develop their creativity, investigate creative career options, interact with artists, and be exposed to contemporary art,” CAM executive director Lisa Melandri said. “Such opportunities are incentive for teens to remain in school. The grant from the Dana Brown Charitable Trust will help CAM reach more students in the St. Louis region, ensuring that the arts remain a vital part of their education.”
With support from the grant, ArtReach and LEAP will serve a total of 450 students during the course of the school year. ArtReach will serve 420 middle and high school students attending approximately twenty different public and private schools, while LEAP will serve thirty middle school students who have previously participated in ArtReach through their schools.
ArtReach is a curriculum-based program of school visits, museum tours, and workshops with artists. The initiative also offers in-depth teacher training and portfolio reviews to help students prepare for college. LEAP provides middle school students with semester-long after-school mentoring by artists with the opportunity to explore different disciplines.