COLUMBIA — The Columbia Art League has received a $20,000 grant from the 3M Foundation. The money will be used for arts education programs for youth. This is the largest grant the art league has received in its 50-year history and makes a variety of programs possible.
“The grant was designed and written specifically for our youth education programs,” said Amy Meyer, art education director at Columbia Art League. “We had only a couple of programs back in June. We knew there was a desire in the community and parents were asking for other programs for their kids.”
New programs, such as the High School Art Institute, Junior and Senior High Art Enrichment and Parent and Child Create-with-me, are among the half dozen or so programs made possible by the grant.
“It's such a tremendous boost for the Columbia Art League at a time when everyone in the arts is feeling the pinch and a great endorsement for creativity in our community by a national foundation,” said Diana Moxon, the art league's executive director.
The grant also helps existing programs continue, such as Mini Monet, a program for preschoolers; N 2 Art, an after-school creative play program; and Fine Art, for home-school families.
Part of the money will be used to promote the league, which moved to 207 S. Ninth St. several months ago and is now part of the renovated Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. “The people who have been coming, love it,” Meyer said. It’s just a matter of “getting the word out.”
David Robinson, manager of the 3M plant in Columbia, worked with Meyer to put the grant request together. “Robinson's inspiration and the thrust of his request to 3M was the sense of control and achievement that art can impart to youngsters," Moxon said.
“When creating art," Robinson said, "children are in complete control of a small part of the universe that is all theirs.”
Information about new programs for youth at the Columbia Art League can be found online at http://cal.missouri.org/ or by calling (573) 443-8838.