$10000 in grants awarded to Flint Institute of Arts for Education

FIA mug.jpgThe Flint Institute of Arts.
FLINT, MI — Three grants totaling $10,000 were recently awarded to the Flint Institute of Arts to
support
educational programs.

The financial support came from the Stella Frederick Loeb Charitable
Trust and the Merkley-Youth Charitable, and the Merkley-Elderly Charitable Trust. The funds will benefit the FIA Education Department’s ARTreach Program, the
Art School Portfolio Development Program and Art a la Carte, according to the FIA. 

ARTreach is a visual arts initiative for K-6 students that incorporates the FIA’s
permanent
collection, temporary exhibitions and public, family and educator programs
to
achieve the FIA’s mission to “advance the understanding and appreciation of art for
all,” according to a release from the FIA. The program, which received $5,000 from the Stella Frederick Loeb
Charitable Trust, aims to serve the economically disadvantaged youth of Flint and
Genesee County.

The FIA Art School’s Pre-College Portfolio Program is a three-year program deigned to further
enhance gifted high school students’ skills in the visual arts through advanced instruction,
career counseling and exposure to professional employment opportunities in the arts. Over
the course of the program, students produce a visual arts portfolio that can be used for
college or professional applications. The Stella Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust awarded
$2,500 to assist in funding this program.

Art a la Carte is a free weekly noontime series marketed to senior citizens that presents
informal
videos and films on diverse subjects relating to the visual arts. The series serves
more than 2,000 individuals annually, according to the FIA. Art a la Carte received $2,500 in grant support from The
Merkley – Elderly Charitable Trust.

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