AKRON - The PNC Foundation Wednesday announced a grant to the Akron Art Museum to fund arts literacy and music programs for area preschool children.
An additional grant was awarded to The Illusion Factory to engage students in drama programs that expand creative and educational outlets for underserved children.
“So much research shows that giving children at the preschool level new opportunities to develop language skills, critical thinking, and visual literacy affects their entire learning career,” says Akron Art Museum Director and CEO Mitchell Kahan.
After the grants were announced, more than twenty preschool students from Akron Summit County Action, Inc. Head Start participated in interactive activities exploring art, music, dance and dramatic acting within separate, educational workshops.
The grants are the first of two major “Grow Up Great” funding announcements this month in Northern Ohio.
“Grow Up Great” is a 10-year, $100 million bilingual program in early childhood education. PNC provides the leadership, advocacy, funding, tools, and volunteers to help educate parents, caregivers, and communities on how to prepare young children for success in school and life.
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