PNC Foundation donates $15k in support of ArtStrategy Incubator program

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Rob Thomas (502) 566-5194 rthomas@kentuckycenter.org

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts recently received a generous $15,000 gift from the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great grant program. This grant will be used to support The Kentucky Center’s Literacy ArtStrategy Incubator Program, which works to build emergent literacy skills through arts integrated strategies for young learners.

“We are lucky to have such a giving and philanthropic corporate community,” said Kentucky Center President Kim Baker. “This gift from the PNC Foundation will make it possible for The Kentucky Center’s Literacy ArtStrategy Incubator Program to expand upon its findings, engage community partners and further early childhood education through the arts.”

Last year, The Kentucky Center convened a group of early child educators including University of Louisville professors, pre-school teachers and teaching artists to explore ways that the arts can support the development of emergent literacy skills in young learners. This group formed the Literacy ArtStrategy Incubator Program, which works to implement these lessons with classes of four-year-old children at the University of Louisville Early Learning Campus. This year, the program will collaborate with the co-founders of the nationally acclaimed ArtsLiteracy Project at Brown University for further training in the process of integrating the arts and literacy.

This grant from the PNC Foundation will help fund The Kentucky Center’s collaboration with Brown University. In addition, the grant will allow the Literacy ArtStrategy Incubator Program a week-long residency with students in the Community School after-school program at Frost Sixth Grade Academy. The grant will also fund a Family Artful Reading event in the school’s neighborhood.

The Kentucky Center is honored to partner with PNC on a number of initiatives. In addition to the ArtStrategy program, the PNC Foundation also supports The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts program and provides valuable operating support.

For more information about ArtStrategy and other education and community arts programs offered by The Kentucky Center, please visit our website.

About The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

The mission of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is to lead and enrich the artistic, educational and economic vitality of the region by providing unparalleled programming and cultural events. The Center serves Kentucky through education and initiatives which expand and diversify audiences while enhancing their understanding, appreciation and support for the arts.

About The Kentucky Center’s Literacy ArtStrategy Incubator Program

The Literacy ArtStrategy Incubator Program explores ways that the arts support the development of emergent literacy skills in young learners. This program is led by a group of University of Louisville professors, pre-school teachers and teaching artists from the community.

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