Arts Council of the Valley Helps Local Schools

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

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HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- Many arts programs across the country are currently dealing with a lack of funds.

Locally, the Harrisonburg city school workers and teachers came together to host a one program last year that was funded by a separate grant.

Each year, the goal is to have funding for more programs; ideally, where kids can use the arts to learn.

Last year, not enough teachers knew about the Arts Council's grant program. But this year, workers with Harrisonburg City Public Schools are applying for funds to bring in national arts, for theatre and painting.

In 2013, Stone Spring Elementary received a grant for the arts. Other arts funding went to James Madison University and Rockingham County Schools projects.

"We don't sit and learn, we actively are touching and feeling and singing and moving and dancing and doing all those sorts of things in the arts and so those, that type of learning is so kinesthetic and experiential and that's why the arts are such a valuable tool," said J.R. Snow, the fine arts coordinator and a music teacher in the Harrisonburg City Public Schools system.

Local artists can also apply to the 'Advancing the Arts Program'. This is a chance for them to work with schools if they wish to, and have the money to continue their work.

To check out the types of grants offered, click the link on the sidebar of this story. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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