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Creative Cauldron Receives ArtsFairfax Project Grant for “Artes Para Todos” Project

The project specifically reaches English learners and young people from homes where Spanish is the first language spoken.

Creative Cauldron Receives ArtsFairfax Project Grant for “Artes Para Todos” Project

Creative Cauldron was awarded an FY2003 ArtsFairfax Project Support Grant to support "Artes Para Todos," an initiative that provides young people attending Fairfax County Title One schools year-round after school drama and arts workshops. The project specifically reaches English learners and young people from homes where Spanish is the first language spoken. In addition to the after-school workshops, participating students and their families receive complimentary tickets to Creative Cauldron's family-friendly productions throughout the year, and students are offered free or reduced tuition for spring break and summer camps.

The project is led by Creative Cauldron's bi-lingual Artistic Associate, Lenny Mendez. Lenny is a local actor and teaching artist, from an immigrant family with deep roots in the greater Falls Church Community. Speaking about the project Mendez stated: "This project has given me a home. I get to do meaningful work that makes a difference in my very own community. I feel very fortunate to be able to help my kid's families with translating, understanding, giving out resources, introducing new activities for the whole family to do, and providing a safe space where everyone feels welcome."

Creative Cauldron's project partners for "Artes Para Todos" are Second Story, a local non-profit serving at-risk youth in Fairfax County, and Westlawn Elementary School, a Title One School where 75% of the students from households where English is spoken as a second language. Speaking about the grant award Creative Cauldron Founding Artistic Director, Laura Connors Hull, praised: "Having this "Arts Access" Project Grant from ArtsFairfax has provided us with the resources that we need to remove barriers that keep some members of our community from enjoying and participating in the arts on a regular basis. We know from experience the positive impact that the arts can have on young people and are thrilled to be able to reach these underserved families."

The "Artes Para Todos" project is part of Creative Cauldron's JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) goals to reach a wider, more diverse sector of its community. Creative Cauldron also received a Community Fund for Northern Virginia Ross Roberts Fund for the Arts grant to support these goals over the next few years.


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