Besides the exceptional artwork created by our students, many people do not realize the side benefits of attending Callanwolde classes. Students, in particular veterans and seniors, who attend Callanwolde art classes benefit from a sense of community and a wide variety of creative activities. According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, less than an hour of creative activity can reduce stress, and have a positive effect on mental health, regardless of experience or talent.
Among our younger students, Arts education can help close the achievement gap. Research indicates that engaging in sequential arts education and/or arts integration can help close the achievement gap — the difference in academic achievement between students of color or low-income students and white or higher-income students. Therefore Callanwolde is partnering with low-income Title I schools to teach dance and visual arts to 4th and 5th graders.
As we enter our 50th year serving the Atlanta community, please help us to build on the work we have begun to support under-served people in Atlanta by funding free art classes to veterans who suffer from PTSD, veterans transitioning out of homelessness, and fine arts programs for students in Title I schools.
We rely on donations towards our Annual Fund to make these programs successful. As a non-profit organization, your tax-deductible contribution helps us fulfill our mission to provide the Atlanta community with premier, accessible arts education, especially to the underserved, while promoting enjoyment of the arts at the historic and inspiring Callanwolde estate.