Community Arts program helps area schools

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), one of the sponsors of Hanover College’s Community Arts Program, has joined the College for an equally important endeavor — distributing IAC block grant money to arts and culture organizations in Jefferson and the surrounding area counties.

Awarding a total of $61,298, 11 organizations in Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Scott and Washington counties were the recipients of IAC funds this year.

The ceremony took place July 28 at the annual Monarch Celebration put on by the Arts Council of Southern Indiana.

“The Partnership places high priority on supporting the arts in K-12 schools,” said Geoffrey Weiss, who serves as the grant development officer for Hanover’s Rivers Institute. “Research shows that students in an arts-rich curriculum persist in school, have higher academic achievement and pursue college at greater rates than their arts-deprived peers.”

The organizations who earned grants this year from the partnership include Southwestern Middle and High School Band Boosters and Show Choir, the Crawford County Band Boosters, Communities In Schools of Clark County, Inc., Patoka Elementary and Jeffersonville High School Instrumental Band Boosters, Inc. 

Additional recipients were the Clarksville Little Theatre, Carnegie Center for Art & History, Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast and Charlestown Clark County Library for its summer reading program.

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