Port Chester's Clay Art Center An Impact 100 Westchester Finalist

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Photo Credit: Courtesy Clay Art Center Facebook Page

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Clay Art Center has been invited to participate as a finalist in the Impact 100 Westchester grant review process, according to a press release.

Clay Art Center has proposed a "transformational and enriching ceramic education program for the Port Chester School district," representatives said in the release. Clay Art Center will present the proposed project during the organization’s annual meeting on June 10 along with three other nonprofit finalists. The award winner will be announced that evening.

The proposed program titled "Connect Through Clay” will be offered to 1,125 the third- through fifth-graders at each of Port Chester’s four elementary schools in the 2014-15 school year.

"'Connect Through Clay' offers students the opportunity for hands-on clay exploration and interaction with professional ceramic artists," representatives said. "During the proposed program students will create a body of clay artworks as they learn about culturally relevant themes, artists and ceramic techniques from around the globe. Students will also work collaboratively to create a clay mosaic to be installed in each school. Following the in-school clay program, each grade will be bused to Clay Art Center for a tour of the 11,000 square foot facility featuring the nationally recognized gallery, artist spaces, kiln rooms, classrooms and more."

The grant offered by Impact 100 Westchester is designed to identify unmet needs in the region and provide transformational funding to Westchester not-for-profit organizations in four focus areas: arts & culture; education; environment; and health and wellness, according to the release. Impact 100 Westchester’s mission is to "engage women in philanthropy and to collectively fund grants to charitable initiatives in the Westchester region," representatives said. 

“We are so thrilled to be considered for this incredible opportunity to provide access to the arts for over 1100 of our youngest neighbors," said Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Clay Art Center’s executive director.

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