FLINT INSTITUTE OF ARTS AWARDED $32,000 GRANT
FROM PNC FOUNDATION
FLINT, April 23, 2013 – The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) has been awarded a $32,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to enhance education and improve technology skills for preschoolers enrolled in the Genesee County Head Start programs. PNC provided the funding to the FIA in support of Grow Up Great, its multi-year, $350 million, bilingual program in early childhood education.
The grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), has allowed the Flint Institute of Arts to provide direct services to 800 3- to 5-year-old children enrolled in Flint Community Schools Head Start programs. Activities will be presented in the FIA galleries and studios to foster the development of reading, math, science, thinking and creative skills needed to succeed in school and in life. Related family programs and educator workshops will serve 1,000 family members and 30 Head Start teachers.
“The mission of Flint Community Schools is consistent with PNC’s longstanding commitment to early childhood education,” said Tim Salisbury, PNC regional president for Mid-Michigan, speaking on behalf of The PNC Foundation. “PNC recognizes the critical role that access to high quality early childhood education plays in the lives of area children, their families and ultimately, our economy.”
Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for families that meet poverty income guidelines and/or have children with a disability. The mission of the Flint Institute of Arts is to provide high-quality, supportive learning experiences for children and families to promote their future success.
“The Flint Institute of Arts is the ideal place to provide an art-rich environment to support children’s 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.
To learn more about the PNC Grow Up Great initiative, go to www.pncgrowupgreat.com.
About the Organizations
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through its signature cause, Grow Up Great, PNC has created a multi-year, $350 million initiative to enhance early childhood education and school readiness.
The Flint Institute of Arts has made a significant contribution to the quality of life in the Flint community since its founding in 1928 and today, continues to play a major role in the growth and revitalization of the city of Flint. Through its exhibitions, interpretive programs, film screenings, concerts, lectures, family events and educational outreach programs, the FIA serves more than 120,000 adults and children annually from all over southeast Michigan. The FIA maintains a collection of over 8,000 objects, sustains a membership of 3,200, registers 1,700 students from pre-school age to senior citizens in Museum Art School studio classes, and presents school programs to 25,000 K-12 students annually.