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The Salida Montessori Charter School (SMCS) announced that it is the recipient of the Colorado Creative Industries and Think 360 Arts’ Colorado Arts Partnership (CAP) Grant. SMCS will use their 2020 grant funding for a performance production by 7th and 8th graders in the Spring.

Colorado Creative Industries Photo Courtesy of Think 360 Art

In August 2019, SMCS became an International Peace Site. SMCS Art and Drama Teacher Tina Gramann will use the theme of “Peace and Social Justice” as the basis for the student production. The event will be open to the public and will feature a comedy and improvisation showcase of original scenes and skits created by the students. This production will be followed by a talk back with the community.

“We are honored to have been selected for this project by Colorado Creative Industries and Think 360 Arts CAP Grants,” said Gramann. “Middle school students are very much aware of the social and cultural issues happening around them. This will be an opportunity for students to share their voice and create a space for dialogue. The students are excited to use the all-encompassing genre of theatre arts, but especially comedy and improvisation, to share their acute perspectives with their community.”

Colorado Arts Partnership Grant Photo Courtesy of Think 360 Arts

SMCS was one of 13 schools statewide to receive a CAP Grant during the recent grant cycle. Launched in 2014, CAP Grants support Colorado schools in executing innovation and creativity surrounding their arts in education programs. Funded by Colorado Creative Industries, and the National Endowment for the Arts, CAP Grants are developed with several goals in mind: accessibility, building community connections, leveraging school investment, and visibility.  CAP Grants also support Colorado artists and arts education organizations through collaboration with schools.

Colorado schools serving PK-12 students have the exclusive opportunity to receive funding that supplements and supports arts instruction for students during the school day. Schools apply for funding for a wide variety of projects including, but not limited to: arts days, installation projects, performing arts productions, and artist residencies. For the last six CAP Grant cycles more than 100 schools have been served.