Annette Darnell, Family Resource Center Coordinator at Hazelwood Elementary School, takes a moment to share with us what 5×5 means to her and to her students:

The Fund for the Arts 5×5 program allows students at Hazelwood Elementary to obtain a global view of arts activities in our community. Hazelwood is a Title I school with a free and reduced lunch count of 89%. In the past, our students have primarily come from homes in second or third generation poverty; this year has seen an increase in children from homes of the “new” or “working” poor. Families in these situations do not have disposable income to provide outings to the rich variety of fine arts we are so proud of in our community.

Major Support for 5×5 provided by Chase and The Community Foundation of Louisville. 5×5 is part of the Fund for the Arts EVERY CHILD Arts Education Initiative.

Field trips to experience the wonder of the Louisville Ballet, to see instruments magically transform into works of art in the hands of the musicians in the Louisville Orchestra or to become intimately acquainted with an actor you can reach out and touch at Actor’s Theatre are powerful in the life of a child. Children need goals for which they can dream. Artistic gifts and talents are often overlooked in the demands of the testing culture in which we live. Exposing a child to something that gives her a reason to learn is sometimes more important than the learning itself. When a child has an understanding of a world larger than her own she has the foundation for becoming larger than her dreams.

Annette Darnell
Family Resource Center Coordinator
Hazelwood Elementary School

Wow! A big THANK YOU to Annette and all the students at Hazelwood Elementary! You are the reason we do what we do at the Fund for the Arts and YOU truly make this a great American city!

Major support for 5×5 provided by Chase and The Community Foundation of Louisville.  5×5 is part of the Fund for the Arts EVERY CHILD Arts Education Initiative.

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