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Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville receives $10k grant from The Prudential Foundation

The Prudential Foundation has again awarded a $10,000 grant to the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville for “The Prudential Art Makes a Difference Program.” The program helps local school teachers bring the arts into their classrooms and provides cultural opportunities to underserved students.

Funding from The Prudential Foundation will enable the Cultural Council to:

•Award grants to Duval County public school teachers through its Arts Education Enrichment Grant Program. These grant awards encourage teachers of any subject area to develop creative arts and cultural projects to enrich their classrooms and schools. Funding may be used for field trips; in-school assemblies; school-wide festivals; materials, supplies, and equipment; visiting artists fees, etc.

•Promote the newly developed Art in Public Places 6-12 curriculum to area teachers. The teaching tools utilize Jacksonville’s public art collection as a learning platform to integrate visual arts competencies with other subject areas including social studies, language arts and technology, as well as to investigate careers in the arts. Teachers will be provided with practical tips on how to incorporate the free materials into existing lessons plans.

•Offer arts education outreach to underserved students at branch libraries and Title I schools. Student outreach will be administered through a partnership with two area arts organizations:

•Theatre Jacksonville will offer theater improvisation workshops at 10 different branch libraries located in underserved neighborhoods during early release Wednesdays.

•Theatreworks will present in-school performances by a nationally recognized performer at four Title I schools. Pre- and post-visit materials promote literacy through the theatrical experience.

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