As the lead crisis remains at the forefront of citizens’ concerns, The Flint Institute of Arts has received a $100,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support a new Head Start-based Success through Art (START) program designed to benefit children, ages 3 to 5, who are participating in the Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and Child Care Network of Flint.
The grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), will allow the Flint Institute of Arts to reach 3,100 Flint-area preschool children each year for the next three years. Representatives from the Flint Institute of Arts will provide training, primarily in classrooms, that will focus on language, early literacy, cognitive skill, math and emotional skill development—areas that have been identified as challenging for children who have been exposed to lead.
“PNC is committed to strengthening the communities where we do business,” said Tim Salisbury, PNC regional president for Mid-Michigan. “This program will focus on the long-term well-being of Flint’s most vulnerable residents—children aged 3 to 5—by addressing the well-known link between early childhood arts education and higher achievement in other cognitive and academic domains.“
In addition to the educational sessions provided by the Flint Institute of Arts, each participating family will receive family literacy kits, as well as PNC Grow Up Great passports and digital book downloads.
“The START program is ideal for providing multisensory and experiential learning and an art-rich environment to support creative development and improve school readiness of children from the ages of three to five,” said Monique M. Desormeau, Flint Institute of Arts Curator of Education.
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The Education Department welcomed representatives from PNC Foundation as they presented a grant award to support the expansion of the Head Start-based Success Through ART (START) program designed to benefit children ages 3 to 5 who are participating in Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and Child Care Network of Flint.
Pictured, from left to right, are Suzanne Joseph, PNC Regional Manager; Michelle Dummer, FIA Assistant Curator of Education; Jennifer Sturdy, PNC Director of Client and Community Relations; Ashley Cayton, Clio Assistant Branch Manager; Monique Desormeau, FIA Curator of Education, and David Reid, PNC Client Advisor.
Flameworking is a technique used by artists to create glassworks including beads, paperweights, and sculptures. The Flameworking Studio is designed specifically to fabricate glass using torches. This specialized studio will be located on the second floor with appropriate specifications for electrical, gas, and ventilation. The studio will be equipped with fireproof steel tables, high-quality torches, kilns, and specialized tools. The natural synergy between the Flamework and Glassblowing Studios will allow students in the Flameworking Studio to watch glassblowing and aesthetically stimulate them to incorporate techniques into their objects. Some of the most accomplished flamework artists frequently encase their works in molten glass, which requires a blowing facility. These new spaces will increase the FIA’s ability to provide all methods of glassmaking to the community.
The FIA thanks the A. G. Bishop Trust for helping the Art School provide a studio for one of the most exciting and popular techniques that glass artists are using today.
Consultant Eric Bindig (left), presents a check in support of the expansion project to Kathryn Sharbaugh, FIA Development Director and John Henry, FIA Executive Director in the FIA Art School welding studio.
Guardian Alarm Supports the Expansion Project
“Providing security to the Flint Institute of Arts means that Guardian Alarm becomes a partner with the museum in protecting and preserving valuable pieces of art for visitors both from within and outside of our community to enjoy,” says Guardian Security Consultant Eric Bindig. “Guardian offers the same peace of mind to our other customers by protecting their homes and businesses.
Like Guardian, the FIA is a Michigan-based organization that benefits people throughout the state. They do a great job of keeping their fingers on the pulse of what’s fresh without forgetting to highlight pieces at the core of the collection, like the tapestries in the Bray Collection. Both the FIA and Guardian have served Michigan for more than 80 years and we look forward to continuing financial and service support in the future.”
Several major equipment purchases still need funding including glass, furnaces, annealing ovens, elevator, retractable seating, studio furniture, audio/video equipment, and gallery lighting. We wish to thank all those who have made contributions to the capital campaign so far. Our goal is an additional $1 million for equipment and $4 million of endowment to support the expanded operation.
Keep the flame burning with your contributions. Contact Kathryn Sharbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 810.234.1695, or visit flintarts.org.