The Community Foundation of South Alabama has awarded grants totaling $32,330 from the Clyde C. Snyder Art and Classical Music Fund to promote public interest in the arts and classical music.

The grant competition awarded six grants supporting programs and events that integrate the arts in curricular activities and bring the arts to at-risk youth, low-income families, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Through its grant-making, the Community Foundation of South Alabama has helped strengthen the cultural resources of our area for more than 35 years, according to a Community Foundation news release.

These organizations received grants from the Clyde C. Snyder Art and Classical Music Fund:

Ballet and Theatre Arts Performing Companies, $5,000.

The grant will sustain and expand the Dance in Schools program for students attending Southern Choctaw Elementary School. The program aims to introduce vigorous physical activity into the lives of elementary school students each day in the form of gymnastics and dance.

Eastern Shore Art Center, $5,470.

Grant funds will support the Senior to Senior program designed to provide high school seniors with the opportunity to build relationships with one another and senior citizens through various art projects.

Mobile Association for Retarded Citizens Inc., $5,000.

Grant will provide funding for the music therapy program, which allows students with mental disabilities to experience music designed to address behavior, social, psychological, communicative, physical, sensory-motor and cognitive functioning.

Mobile Museum of Art, $7,860.

Funding will support the Who I Am program, which promotes interest in art by using it as a tool to help underserved students learn more about their history, culture and themselves.

Prichard Preparatory School, $7,000.

The grant will assist in the purchase of musical instruments and employ a part-time director to create an elementary school band. The program will be integrated into school curriculum and expose the students to classical music.

United Methodist Inner City Mission Inc., $2,000.

Funding will allow instruments to be purchased for the Taylor Praise Percussion Ensemble, which targets fourth- through eighth-grade students who reside within the Oakdale Maysville Community in Mobile. The students will be taught to read music, play new instruments and conduct performances.

The Community Foundation of South Alabama is a public charity that plays a key role in meeting the needs of South Alabama through leadership and grants. More than $63 million in grants have been awarded since 1976 by the Foundation to nonprofit organizations to support programs that make life better in the region.

The Foundation builds lasting endowments to ensure grants are available to support the community forever.

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