Region's arts education gets boost in schools

    A new arts partnership will attempt to improve arts education across the Philadelphia region. The Philadelphia Arts for Children and Youth Initiative is moving forward, as a steering group is selected.

    A new arts partnership will attempt to improve arts education across the Philadelphia region. The Philadelphia Arts for Children and Youth Initiative is moving forward, as a steering group is selected.

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    Fleisher Art Memorial, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and the Philadelphia Education Fund will lead the effort, which was started by business and foundation leaders a year ago. The group decided it was time to get serious about improving arts education in Philadelphia schools and the surrounding counties.

    Carol Fixman, director of local nonprofit Philadelphia Education Fund, says the project will move into a more detailed planning phase in the coming months.

    Fixman: “We’ll be convening many partners, community based arts organizations, larger organizations, working with school district, making plans for the coming years, we’ll be raising funds, that’ll be very important.”

    The program is expected to launch in the fall, with both in-school and out of school programming. Down the road, leaders plan to expand into surrounding counties as a regional effort.

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