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December 10, 2013

Community School of the Arts Receives $200,000 Grant to Support Community Outreach Programming

Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College (CSA) was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the JCS Fund of the DuPage Community Foundation in support of its programs in the arts.

The Foundation provided a $200,000 grant for CSA’s Community Outreach for Developing Artists program (CODA), which provides no-cost music instruction to more than 500 at-risk children in DuPage County who lack exposure to the arts due to financial and demographic barriers. The CODA program is currently focused in West Chicago District 33 schools, with a small component at World Relief DuPage Preschool in Wheaton. The District 33 program includes both a Suzuki violin and a recorder program, as well as pre-kindergarten and kindergarten early childhood music classes.

The grant is designated as two $100,000 awards, one to be received in 2013 and the other in 2014. CSA will use the grant to grow the program over the next two years by adding an administrator and additional teachers, and will also purchase recorders for CODA students.

“We are deeply grateful for the generous grant from the JCS Fund of the DuPage Community Foundation,” says Jody Grandlienard, Director of the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College. “It will make possible the expansion of early childhood music classes in additional schools and make long-term violin and recorder lessons available to students who demonstrate special interest and ability. This substantial funding will provide an introduction to the arts for hundreds of DuPage County children who would not otherwise have the opportunity.”

The JCS Fund was established as an affiliate fund of The DuPage Community Foundation in February 2013. Its mission is to support art, music, cultural, health, and educational organizations serving the needs of residents of DuPage County, with a particular emphasis on programs that provide long-term benefits.

Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College provides professional instruction in the fine and performing arts to students of all ages and ability levels. For more information, visit wheaton.edu/CSA.