Jacksonville, FL, April 25, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Raising more than half-a-million dollars, the 11th Annual Spring for the Arts brought in record-breaking funds to support the arts education programs of the Cathedral Arts Project. Chaired by Beth Jennison, the event was held on Friday, April 17, at Deerwood Country Club.
“The success of Spring for the Arts is a reflection of those in the community who recognize the value of an arts-rich education in a child's life,” said Event Chair Beth Jennison. “What's exciting is the Cathedral Arts Project will be able to continue to grow its programs that enhance a child's world and teach them skills to succeed – self-confidence, critical thinking and creativity.”
Among those who spoke at the event were DCPS Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti, President & CEO of Baptist Health Hugh Greene and wife Susan, and Presenting Sponsor Heather Moore Geraghty. Dr. Vitti spoke of the tremendous strides for arts education in Duval County, and Hugh and Susan Greene, honorary chairs of the event, introduced this year’s Guardians of the Arts Award recipients, Linda and David Stein.
Earlier in the day, it was also announced that the Cathedral Arts Project has been chosen for recognition as a 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Out of 335 nominations, the Cathedral Arts Project was chosen as one of 50 finalists for this year’s award. CAP’s selection as a finalist distinguishes it “as one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country,” according to the award letter.
“It was certainly a very gratifying day for all of us at the Cathedral Arts Project,” remarked the Rev. Kimberly Hyatt, President and CEO. “The national recognition means a great deal, but more important is the generous support we received from supporters across the First Coast. Working together, we are continuing to make strides toward our vision for every child in Northeast Florida to have access to an arts-rich education that inspires great leadership and a will to succeed.”
The Cathedral Arts Project’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Florida through unleashing the creative spirit of young people. By providing access to instruction in the visual and performing arts, the Cathedral Arts Project empowers underserved, school-aged children to succeed in all areas of their lives.
The Cathedral Arts Project serves more than 2,000 students two afternoons each week during the school year and summer, providing quality, standards-based instruction in dance, media arts, music, theatre and the visual arts at no charge to its students.