ELIZABETH – The Institute of Music for Children, a nonprofit organization providing affordable music programs and services for children, recently received a $2,500 grant from The Provident Bank Foundation.
The donation will help support the organization’s After School Institute, a program that provides children ages 5-18 with group and private lessons in a variety of art forms, including instrumental music, drama, dance, visual arts and film making. The funds will help supplement the cost for families to help give more children access to high quality arts programs.
“We are so grateful for The Provident Bank Foundation’s support of this program. We’re especially appreciative given these difficult economic times where we see funding sources really drying up. Grants will keep programs like this alive,” said Alysia Souder, executive director of the Institute of Music for Children. “Our families tell us that our program changes the quality of their children’s lives, both socially and academically. We know it works and helps our local and extended community of children.”
According to its website, the Institute’s programs are designed to provide children and teens with a foundation and continuous learning experience. The organization offers classes year-round and has four major initiatives: the After School Institute, Summer Arts Institute, Community Institute and Youth Employment program. The Institute also provides leadership training for children through the involvement of youth workers, who are former students of the Institute, as teacher assistants, mentors and interns.
“We are so pleased to support the Institute of Music for Children in its mission to provide all children with fun learning experiences and help them gain an appreciation for music,” said Kendall Warsaw, executive director of The Provident Bank Foundation.
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