Action Pathways Uses Arts Council Grant to Support Head Start Sounds of Music Program

Action Pathways, formerly Cumberland Community Action Program, announces a collaboration promusic grant.jpgject to teach four-year-old Head Start Children about symphony music with the help of a grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.

“This grant from the Arts Council allows us to expose children to the wonderful world of symphony music through a partnership with Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra,” says Christiana Adeyemi, Interim Head Start Director.

Head Start children will participate in the Sounds of Music Program by attending workshops taught by musicians with Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. These workshops will give 162 four year old children the opportunity to reinforce concepts like counting and working together via engaging with musicians. The workshops will start later this month and conclude in January.

“The Arts Council is proud to partner with Action Pathways in support of the Head Start Sounds of Music project”, says Deborah Martin Mitz, Arts Council Executive Director. “Project Support Grants for 2015-2016 will help fund 33 programs facilitated by 22 nonprofit organizations in our community. These projects help strengthen our community through festivals and concerts, youth education programs, art exhibitions, art workshops and so much more.

Project support grants increase opportunities for access to arts, science, cultural and historical programming in Cumberland County. The grants are awarded to nonprofit agencies in Cumberland County that demonstrate financial and administrative stability.

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ACTION PATHWAYS (formerly the Cumberland Community Action Program, Inc.) is a community-based non-profit organization whose mission is to operate programs that assist individuals and families as they find a pathway out of poverty. Action Pathways offers a comprehensive, supportive approach to helping families and individuals achieve and sustain economic security, addressing a continuum of needs from basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter to education, financial literacy and employment skills. Established in 1965, Action Pathways is part of a national network of community action programs whose purpose is to address poverty in America. Action Pathways has a direct presence throughout southeastern North Carolina and through its programs and services reaches individuals in some 60 counties in North Carolina. Action Pathways operates Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina (SHFB); Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Fayetteville (CCCS); Weatherization Assistance Program; Community Services Block Grant/ ASPIRE Self-Sufficiency Program; Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO); the North Carolina VITA Coalition; and Head Start. For more information about Action Pathways, visit actionpathways.ngo or call (910) 485-6131.

THE ARTS COUNCIL OF FAYETTEVILLE/CUMBERLAND COUNTY The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County serves more than 300,000 residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. For 42 years, the Arts Council has ensured growth in our children’s education, our community’s cultural identity and our economic progress. The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of Cultural Resources.

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