Leon Levine Foundation Offers $50,000 Challenge for Middle School Grade Field Trip

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Six-week fundraising effort will provide access for 11,000 CMS students
to experience museums at Levine Center for the Arts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 14, 2016) – The Leon Levine Foundation has offered a $50,000 community challenge to the Arts & Science Council (ASC) to support more than 11,000 middle school students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to attend a cultural education field trip to the museums at Levine Center for the Arts: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mint Museum Uptown and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

The money must be raised by August 18, 2016, which is 35 days away, to support the 2016-2017 school year.

The Leon Levine Foundation challenge is a $1 for $1 match of all new and increased donations to ASC up to $50,000. The funds will cover CMS transportation costs and admission fees to two the museums (based on the school’s preference). Donations can be made at power2give.org, a crowdfunding platform supporting arts and cultural projects.

“We are grateful to the Leon Levine Foundation for this opportunity to engage the community around cultural education,” said Barbara Ann Temple, Ph.D., vice president of education at ASC. “This challenge helps ensure access for CMS middle school students to have cultural experiences at Levine Center for the Arts that is aligned with the core curriculum they are learning in the classroom. The field trip experience also helps students think differently and opens their eyes to new possibilities they never knew existed.”

The challenge grant is also helping to meet a community need. According to the 2015 Mecklenburg County Cultural Life Survey, conducted by UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, 81 percent of residents believe that arts, music, drama and dance education programs in the schools are important in helping children excel in other academic subjects. In addition, more than 1800 Mecklenburg County residents articulated in the Cultural Vision Plan that arts, science and history must be central to PreK-12 education to ensure students are creative and critical thinkers.

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Krista Terrell, APR
704-335-3035 | krista.terrell@artsandscience.org