IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 29, 2008
Ilene Adams, Director of Marketing & Public Relations 561.832.1776 x 21
THE ARMORY ART CENTER RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE PALM BEACH COUNTRY CLUB FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH PROGRAMMING
WEST PALM BEACH, FL: The Armory was presented a grant in the amount of $15,000 from the Palm Beach Country Club which allows the Armory to continue educating children in our community. The grant was presented by Lionel Greenbaum, a Foundation board member, to Jesus De Las Salas, Executive Director of the Armory. Mr. De Las Salas stated, “This grant is truly a blessing. It will allow us to expand many of our outreach programs to the underserved children in our community. It takes us one-step closer to my dream of having an Armory Artmobile so we can take art to children who would otherwise not be able to experience it.”
The Armory is helping create unique opportunities for self-expression and personal discovery for students from kindergarten through high school participate in after-school classes and summer camp. In addition, students seeking admission to Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos High School for the Arts can receive help with their portfolio development when “audition crunch time” rolls around at the end of the summer. Programs like the “WallTogether” mural and Literacy and the Arts Day, in conjunction with the Palm Beach Literacy Coalition, introduce underserved children in our community to art in many of its forms.
Approximately 30 after-school courses are offered during the regular school year. Summer camp offers over 100 classes and serves approximately 750 children, most of them from our immediate community.
The Armory incurs ongoing and extensive costs to meet programming needs, staff training and supplies for our ongoing Youth programs - all doing so at the standards of excellence required by our students as well as our teachers. Grant funding allows us to resource our agency while providing youth scholarships for low-income families. We also face the challenge of continued program expansion. This will require that we keep pace, meeting the needs of an increasing population of children and families. Grants such as this help us immensely in reaching these goals.
The Armory Art Center is a not-for-profit community-based visual arts center providing opportunities for individual growth, self-expression, increased awareness and appreciation of the arts through participation in studio, exhibition, lecture and other educational programs. The Center seeks to educate, enrich and engage a diverse population through the "experience of art," and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. For more information on the Armory Art Center and call 561.832.1776 ext. 21 or visit the Armory’s website at www.armoryart.org.