Georgia fine arts center working to make arts accessible to those in need
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - One week immersed in art projects, music, and dance can make for an unforgettable experience for a child.
“It is an amazing place to go. You can learn how to do art, do sculptures, go on adventures, and sing too,” said 8-year-old Alyssa Walker.
“Cedar Grove is a Title I school. We are in south Dekalb County. We have over 90% of our students who are on free and reduced lunch. The poverty level in this area is pretty high,” said Norman Thomas with Cedar Grove Elementary.
The community arts center focuses on art education. They teach everything from blacksmithing to painting and have done what they can to make art accessible to as many people as possible — immigrants and refugees, people transitioning out of homelessness, veterans and kids in need.
“It is joy. It is also the opportunity to discover other ways to express themselves. One thing I love about art is you can take a mistake and with creativity, learn how to take that mistake and turn it into a masterpiece. I think that is what our students are doing,” said Thomas.
Their new mission is to expand those programs.
“We want to share it with as many people as we possibly can,” said Andrew Keenan.
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