Artsquest Receives State Grant to Expand after School Programs, Art Therapy


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"It's about the idea that we're trying to set this up for a generation to help thousands and thousands more get into the arts," says the mayor of Bethlehem, Pa., where an arts organization has been awarded $82,500 from Pennsylvania's Department of Community's Neighborhood Assistance Program.

ArtsQuest will use the money to expand its arts programs for middle and high school students, along with free programs for residents with physical, sensory, and other challenges, the Lehigh Valley News reports.

"A big part of the grant is that we'll be able to double the number of students that are impacted through our partnership with Bethlehem Area School District," says CEOassie Hilgert.

"Those programs help to foster interest in dance, visual arts, performance art, media arts, spoken word, and more."

Another big part of the grant will allow ArtsQuest to expand its educational programs at the Banana Factory, specifically for residents with physical, sensory, and mental impairments.

"This funding will support audio tours, so people who want to come through and there may be a visual disability and they need that description," says Lisa Harms, director of Visual Arts and Education.

"We will also be able to expand our touch collection, which is geared towards people Read the Entire Article


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