How We Serve
Callanwolde works to ensure that arts education and arts experiences are readily available to the widest cross-section of citizens as possible. The mission of Callanwolde’s Community Outreach Program is to bring visual and performing arts to underserved individuals and communities in Metro Atlanta through scholarships, workshops, classes, tours, school field trips, and special events in our beautiful and historic facility.
Our Outreach Program focuses on the following four target populations:
- Low-Income Individuals and Families
- Persons with Special Needs or Disabilities
- Senior Wellness
- U.S. Military Veterans
We reach these audiences primarily through collaborations and partnerships with other nonprofits and public schools. Individuals may also apply for scholarship assistance by clicking here.
If you represent an organization that fits into one or more of our target areas, please contact us for information about bringing your group to Callanwolde! For information about our school field trip program, click here.
Volunteering and Giving
What can you do to support Callanwolde’s Community Outreach Program?
- Volunteer your time. Assist with school and community groups visiting Callanwolde for tours and workshops.
- Contribute in-kind gifts: Your gently-used art supplies and office supplies help us keep our costs low!
- Offer financial support: Financial gifts of any amount are needed to help Callanwolde sustain our Community Outreach services and scholarships! You may donate by clicking here.
For more information about Callanwolde’s Community Outreach Program, please contact:
Director of Development and Outreach
404-872-5338 ext. 236
Outreach for Low-Income Individuals and Families
Callanwolde provides need-based scholarships for students to participate in our classes. Applicants must show documentation of their financial hardship and provide a letter of recommendation to be considered.
For the scholarship application for children or adults, click here.
What Our Community is Saying
Receiving this scholarship meant that Hava could an opportunity she would not have had otherwise. It has allowed her to broaden her horizons and develop meaningful relationships especially with her teacher, Jerlyann.
The relationships that are formed with the teachers is so special. I have never found a place where a child’s natural talents were encouraged like they are at Callanwolde. The teachers take such joy and wonder seeing their students grow. Callanwolde is a very nurturing place. The instructors care. That’s why this is such a special place to our family.
Music lessons were not something that we could do right now in our budget. This scholarship allowed Cairo an opportunity he would not have had. They grow up quickly and the timing was so important—to be able to act on it and get the lessons for him now was critical. The scholarship made that possible for our family.
It has been wonderful seeing him blossom into his new talent. He is exceeding our expectations and taking responsibility and applying discipline– which makes us very happy to see. He is a regular 9 year old boy but the experience at Callanwolde has expanded his interests—he has even starting listening to Bach and Beethoven!
Our school field trip program, the Callanwolde Art Experience, provides school groups (normally 40-80 students per group) with low-cost field trips to the historic Callanwolde estate, including hands-on workshops in art, music, yoga, or dance. We work directly with school teachers to design our field trips and to find students who would benefit from our scholarships. For more information or to schedule a field trip, please click here.
If you represent an organization that serves low-income individuals and families, please contact us for information about bringing your group to Callanwolde for a tour or workshop!
Outreach for Persons with Special Needs
Callanwolde provides arts programming for children and adults with physical, developmental, and behavioral challenges. We have provided free arts workshops to adults from the Frazer Center and to children from Laurel Heights Hospital. We have also hosted two free arts workshops for children from Marcus Autism Center, and we plan to grow that partnership in the coming years. Staff from all of these organizations have worked with us to design our Special Needs programming.
Additionally, Callanwolde has created specific classes for people with disabilities, including chair yoga for seniors and disabled veterans, and a dance class for developmentally disabled adults.
If you represent an organization that serves children or adults with special needs, please contact us for information about bringing your group to Callanwolde for a tour or workshop!
I often work with kids that may not fit into other environments. Some have Down Syndrome, others may be on the autism spectrum. Our classes are open to all. We support their creative journey and offer a scholarship program that makes taking classes possible for those who may need the financial assistance.
– Jerylann Warner, Director of The Callanwolde School of Dance
Seniors ages 65 and over make up 20% of Callanwolde’s membership; they receive discounts on their memberships and on classes. Seniors are also eligible for need-based scholarships to participate in Callanwolde classes. We have also offered specially designed classes for seniors such as chair yoga.
Additionally, we enjoy a long-standing partnership with the DeKalb Federation of Garden Clubs, whose membership includes a large percentage of seniors. Their administrative office, at no charge, is located in our Conservatory, and Callanwolde regularly hosts large events for their members.
If you represent an organization that serves senior citizens, please contact us for information about bringing your group to Callanwolde for a tour or workshop!
Callanwolde Has Provided Assistance To:
- AM 1690
- Alliance Theatre
- American Cancer Society
- Arbor Montessori School
- Art Station
- Arthritis Foundation
- Arts Card
- American Guild of Organists
- Atlanta Botanical Garden
- Atlanta Braves
- Atlanta Eats
- Atlanta Falcons
- Atlanta Film Festival
- Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces
- Atlanta Guitar Guild
- Atlanta Hawks Foundation
- Atlanta International School
- Atlanta Music Clubs
- Atlanta Music Project
- Atlanta Opera
- Atlanta Woman’s Club
- Atlanta Young Singers
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
- BLOOM Leadership DeKalb
- Boys and Girls Club
- Buckhead Sunrise Senior Living
- Callanwolde Concert Band
- Center for Puppetry Arts
- Center for the Visually Impaired
- CEO Heroes Award
- CEO Luncheon
- Chattahoochee Nature Center
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
- Clark Atlanta University Guild
- Cliff Valley School
- Cottonwood Estates Senior Living Alpharetta
- Creative Mornings Atlanta
- Dad’s Garage Theater Company
- Decatur First United Methodist Church Preschool & Kindergarten
- DeKalb Board of Health
- DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and Leadership DeKalb
- DeKalb County Board of Education Press Event
- Dekalb County Court Reporters
- DeKalb County Government
- DeKalb Development Authority
- DeKalb Federation of Garden Clubs
- DeKalb History Center
- DeKalb Rape Crisis Center-Day League
- DeKalb Soil and Water
- Drew Charter School
- Druid Hills Civic Association Tour of Homes
- Druid Hills Preschool
- Druid Hills United Methodist Preschool
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History
- First Presbyterian Preschool
- Fort McPherson Veterans
- Frazer Center
- Friends of Reggio
- Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network
- Georgia Aquarium
- Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
- Georgia Shakespeare
- Georgia State University
- Georgia Women’s Veterans
- Grady Health System
- Habitat for Humanity
- Hammond Glenn Community Seniors
- Hawthorne Elementary School
- Hemophilia of Georgia
- How Big is Your Dream Foundation
- Inman Park Cooperative Preschool
- Intown Academy Charter School
- Intown Jewish Preschool
- Jodeco Road United Methodist School
- KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools
- Laurel Heights Hospital
- Leadership Atlanta
- Leadership DeKalb
- Living Walls
- Marcus Autism Center
- Midvale Elementary School
- National Association of Asian American Professionals
- Passport to Argentina
- Phoenix Flies
- Prevent Blindness Georgia
- Project Open Hand
- Recording Academy (Grammy Organization)
- Ron Clark Academy
- Saint Anne’s Retirement Group
- Senior Connections
- Shallowford Presbyterian Preschool
- Somali American Community Center
- Southern Order of Storytellers
- Springdale Elementary School
- St. John’s Children’s Center
- Summers Landing Northland Seniors
- Tellus Science Museum
- T.J. Martell Foundation
- The Children’s School
- The Clifton School
- The Friends School of Atlanta
- The Study Hall
- Trees Atlanta
- WABE 90.1 FM
- Wednesday’s Child- Fox 5 News
- Wounded Warrior Project
- Youth Villages
- Zoo Atlanta
For more information about Callanwolde’s Community Outreach Program, please contact:
404-872-5338 ext. 238