Recent Grant Funding
“Teaching Artist, Melissa Leaym-Fernandez, who is currently building the visual arts program in the Accelerated Learning Academy within the Flint Community Schools was awarded a supply grant from The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. Mrs. Leaym-Fernandez owns and operates the The Elephantworks Studio, Fort Gratiot, MI and continues to present real-world visual arts connections to her students. This year students will be studying black artists, designers and artisans in the classroom. Mrs. Leaym-Fernandez was able to attend the National Endowment for the Arts Summer Teacher Workshop called “Crafting Freedom” after being awarded a grant from the NEH. The workshop was an immersive experience that allowed participants to study free, enslaved, and black people who purchased their freedom who were artists.
The Fine Arts will change lives, change our community, and open the powerful doors of opportunity for our students in the Flint Community Schools. Supplies coming will allow students to study Kehinde Wiley, Elizabeth Keckley, D’Wayne Edwards, Community & Public Art, and quite a bit more!"
Instrument Recycling Program
Through the Green Horn Project and Mark Schwartz Strings, FCS has been able to trade old, broken, otherwise unusable instruments stored at in closets and in long closed schools that still had value for usable refurbished instruments. Through this effort, Northwestern has already received a set of crash cymbals, a tuba, a set of timpani, and chimes. Southwestern and Potter will soon receive instruments. The effort will continue in the middle schools through the end of the year.
Despite this effort, the need for new or refurbished instruments is great, and we are still seeking funding.