Chaffee Art Center Selected to Receive a 2021 Summer Matters for All Grant
The Chaffee Art Center was recently selected to receive $38,675 in funding from the Summer Matters for All Grant program. According to Governor Phil Scott, the Summer Matters for All Grant Program will award up to $3.85 million to programs in 13 counties with the goal of expanding access to summer enrichment opportunities for K-12 youth this summer.
The importance of the arts is well documented to show its ability to reduce anxiety, build confidence, increase communication and creative expression which is especially important in the current world we live in. The Chaffee’s summer program Explore the Arts! will invite children and youth K-12 to explore the arts (music, written word, theater, fine art, and more) with affordable camps and classes that will be on a sliding scale based on means to pay. Grant funding will help us to create a new Media Lab for youth to use on their own and build classes around. We will also have Art Kitz To Go for youth to take home and create with family and friends.
“We are extremely excited and thankful for the opportunity created by this grant funding! We will be able to help children and youth in our communities to re-engage, connect, and learn in a fun and creative environment. And at the same time, help families as they transition and adjust during this changing time,” said Sherri Birkheimer Rooker, Chaffee Art Center Executive Director. “As a community art center, we are grateful to have the funding to make a difference for those in our communities. Stay tuned for more details on how you can Explore the Arts! for a summer full of creativity, inspiration, and lots of fun at the Chaffee Art Center, Your Center for Creativity!”
Governor Scott has put an emphasis on helping Vermont kids recover from the pandemic and the isolation it caused, including creating opportunities for them to safely reconnect with their peers and their communities. The purpose of the grant program is to increase access to summer enrichment opportunities for K-12 youth statewide during Summer 2021. This was a highly competitive process with 188 proposals submitting $7,427,584 in requests, which far exceeded available funds.
The grants, funded by federal dollars secured by Senator Bernie Sanders and administered by Vermont Afterschool, were awarded to a variety of programs, including summer camps, libraries, municipalities, teen centers, non-profit social services organizations and more, to expand the number of weeks and slots, as well as to increase affordability and accessibility of summer programs. These offerings will supplement school-based programs, as districts in Vermont received separate federal funds to support summer learning and afterschool programs.
“Summer is the perfect opportunity to help kids reconnect and recharge. We are incredibly grateful to our state leaders and policymakers for their commitment to the development of the Summer Matters for All Grant Program,” said Holly Morehouse, Executive Director of Vermont Afterschool. “With this funding, communities and youth-serving organizations across the state will be able to create a great summer for Vermont children and youth that will help them make new memories and emerge from the pandemic strong, resilient, and hopeful.”
The Chaffee Art Center is a 501c(3) non-profit community-based organization housed in an historic 1890’s mansion in Rutland, Vermont. It was founded in 1961 by the Rutland Area Arts Association with the mission to promote the arts within the region. True to the spirit of its founders, the Chaffee continues to preserve a unique part of Rutland’s history and Vermont traditions with tours for in state and out-of-state visitors to get a glimpse of how life was like in Vermont in the 1890’s, while providing a critical resource for the arts and art education. The Chaffee is committed to promoting the arts in the community by providing educational classes, workshops, and camps for all ages. It also provides community enriching events, exhibits and programs representational of a variety of arts programs (music, dance, fine art both 2D and 3D, and theater). The Chaffee feels the arts are essential for all and displaying the work of talented artists and offering a wide variety of educational experiences is extremely valuable to the well-being of our community.
Open to the public: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Noon to 4pm; Saturday 10am to 2pm. Private appointments available by request. Check out www.chaffeeartcenter.org and the Chaffee Art Center Facebook page for updates, call 802.775.0356, [email protected], or stop by the Chaffee Art Center at 16 South Main Street in Rutland, VT.