A2SO Receives $10,000 Grant from Chelsea Community Foundation

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra received a $10,000 grant from the Chelsea Community Foundation for a two-year project that to bring live, symphonic music opportunities for Chelsea-area residents of all ages. A2SO programs partner with the Chelsea Area Schools, the Chelsea District Library, Silver Maples, and the Chelsea Farmer's Market. Each of the programs are designed to:

  • ? Inspire young children to develop an interest in and lifelong love of music;

  • ? Create experiences through which high school students learn from and are inspired

    by classical musicians as part of their education opportunities;

  • ? Provide accessible opportunities for adults and older adults to listen to classical music

    and engage in lifelong learning about music, make listening to classical music a fun

    experience for all ages;

  • ? Strengthen and create new connections within the community; and

  • ? Strengthen awareness of an interested in the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra by

    residents of these neighboring communities.

    Karen A. Persello, Head of Youth and Teen Services at the Chelsea District Library said, "These events would greatly benefit the youth and families of Chelsea, combining quality musical experiences with the convenience of being held in their own community. I believe holding these concerts here in Chelsea, at the library and the schools, will encourage greater interest in classical music among our children."

    The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, as a professional regional orchestra includes in its mission, providing residents of Ann Arbor's neighboring communities' music performance and communities such as Chelsea with schools, senior living residences, libraries, farmers markets, and interested individuals from those communities has enabled the A2SO to provide programming for all ages

    Celebrating 20th years, the Chelsea Community Foundation supports "all things Chelsea" -

- from young toddlers through senior citizens that these

communities would otherwise lack. The Chelsea area is important to this mission, not only

because Chelsea is geographically close to Ann Arbor, but because Chelsea is a community

which values music and culture. Furthermore, the recent growth in the Chelsea area, both

among families and as a leading retirement community depends on excellent community

services and amenities, cultural programming being among these needs.

the important community work that goes into making Chelsea, Michigan, the strong, vibrant,

special community that it is. The Chelsea Community Foundation is a permanent community

endowment with assets in excess of $2 million thanks to strong local support and prudent

financial management. The Chelsea Community Foundation is an affiliate fund of the

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. For more information, visit


The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a permanent community endowment

built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of

Southeast Michigan. The Foundation works to improve the region's quality of life by

connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Foundation supports a wide variety

of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community

development and civic affairs. Since its inception, The Foundation has distributed more than

$800 million through more than 55,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne,

Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. For more

information please visit www.cfsem.org.

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