SD63 gets local arts grant

Money will benefit school arts programming in School District 63

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CENTRAL SAANICH — Last week, the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP) presented School District 63 with a $10,000 grant for the Arts in the Schools program.

Each year the CACSP provides the school district with a grant for the program which enables educators to hire local, practicing artists to directly engage students in authentic, hands-on arts experiences.

The grant covers all aspects of artistic expression including visual, literary and performing.

In past years, the CACSP grant was $5,000 and engaged approximately 1,900 students each year.

During 2013, additional fundraising efforts, in combination with a strong sales year at the Sidney Fine Art Show, allowed the CACSP to increase the grant to $10,000.

— Submitted by the CASCP