New Funding Expands Arts Programming at Clayton

 Clayton Early Learning is excited to announce that it will expand arts and culture experiences to 500 students, thanks to a new, $10,000 Colorado Creates grant from Colorado Creative Industries.

As 90 percent of Clayton students live below the federal poverty line, many of them do not have access to the arts, but this new funding allows Clayton to provide its students, ages 0-5, with exposure to this cultural programming.

The Clayton Early Learning program has three main components - dance, music and art - that children will be exposed to throughout the 2015-2016 school year in their classrooms, both at the Educare Denver school at the Historic Clayton Campus, and at the Far Northeast Denver school.

The new funding allows for expanded programming in a variety of art forms; including music, sculpture, dance and movement. Clayton will partner with local artists and organizations to provide age-appropriate performances, presentations and instruction that will be offered this fall and again in the spring at both Clayton Early Learning schools. In addition to plans for interactive jazz and symphony performances, Clayton students will explore ceramics and other mediums under the instruction of a long-time art teacher to create their own three dimensional works of art.

"We are so excited about this CCI grant," says Clayton President and CEO Charlotte Brantley. "We know that cultural experiences enhance children's lives and help promote their success, however, most of our children are from households that cannot afford to pay for these types of experiences or extracurricular lessons. That's why it's so important that we do all we can to provide the children with this type of exposure while at Clayton."

Colorado Creative Industries is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade and awarded nearly $1.3 million in Colorado Creates grants to 168 recipients for the 2015-2016 program. The competitive grants provide financial support for nonprofit cultural organizations and government organizations to help them produce and present arts and cultural activities across the state.

Clayton Early Learning President and CEO Charlotte Brantley can be reached directly at 303.398.8578 or cbrantley @claytonearlylearning.org.

About Clayton Early Learning
Clayton Early Learning, a 501(c)(3), is Colorado's leading catalyst in providing early care and education to ensure optimal development for all children, especially those of limited opportunities. We harness the synergy of four dynamic initiatives - classroom and family-centered practices in our schools, research and program evaluation, professional development of teachers and leaders and effective policy advocacy - to spark improved early care and education approaches statewide in collaboration with other public and private entities.
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