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Grantee Spotlight: Griscom Public School

May 25, 2017

Thanks to a grant from the Arts and Education Council's Maritz Arts and Education Fund, Griscom Public School was able to partner with Craft Alliance (an A&E grantee) to bring teaching artist Maxine du Maine into the classroom twice a week in spring 2017.

Last year, St. Louis Public Schools cut funding for a dedicated art teacher at Griscom Public School, an alternative school serving grades 5-12 located in the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), citing too few students (approximately 30) impacted to warrant a full-time position.

The school's arts program has two goals: keep the youth engaged during their stay at JDC and expose them to new experiences. "We like the youth to have something they can connect with when they leave here if they're interested," says Ellen Goldwasser, JDC detention program coordinator.

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