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Community Outreach at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

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:

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:

Christina Bray
Director of Development and Outreach
cbray@callanwolde.org
404-872-5338 ext. 236

Outreach for Low-Income Individuals and Families

Scholarships

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

Hava, scholarship recipient, and her mother Michelle.

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.

 

Cairo, scholarship recipient, and his mother Geneine

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!

 

Field Trips

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!

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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!

JerylAnn Warner, Director of Dance

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

Senior Wellness

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:

For more information about Callanwolde’s Community Outreach Program, please contact:

Christina Bray
cbray@callanwolde.org
404-872-5338 ext. 238

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