Over the years ArtSpace Charter School has depended on the generosity of various community organizations to support special programming that would not be affordable otherwise. ArtSpace is very grateful for their continued relationship with the Old Depot Association in Black Mountain, who has funded several projects for ArtSpace through their yearly education grants. These grants have afforded many art opportunities for ArtSpace students through performances, workshops by visiting artists and purchasing materials for large scale arts projects.
For example, in 2008 the Open Dream Ensemble shared their performances with the entire student body and held workshops for various grade levels in their classrooms. In 2014 world renowned percussionist Beverly Botsworth performed for the entire student body and worked closely with 2nd and 6th graders weaving percussion concepts into other curriculum areas in their classroom. In addition, teachers at every grade level were grateful to receive a teacher focused workshop from Ms. Botsworth.
ArtSpace was able to fund the design and implementation of a Scott Allred mural that spans the first main hallway of their building with an Old Depot grant and grant funds allowed us to build a raised stage in our dedicated theatre space, making performances more accessible for audiences and performers a like.
In the 2014-15 school year the school received the grant for a public art project. Under the guidance of Executive Director, Lori Cozzi, all students recycled record albums by painting them and converting them into a flower. The students’ flowers were compiled together to create a garden that was on display along the playground in the front of campus.
These are just a few examples of the many projects The Old Depot Association has funded over the years. ArtSpace is so very grateful to this organization!