Callanwolde's Community Engagement

Callanwolde seeks to enrich the lives of under-resourced communities through the arts and horticultural therapy. Our unique 12-acre campus, situated in the heart of Atlanta, provides the perfect sanctuary to inspire inclusion, belonging, creativity, and rehabilitation.

Callanwolde Community Engagement programs provide resources to a growing list of people who include:

– Children in Title 1 Schools
– Veterans living with PTSD
– Young adults with Down Syndrome
– People who use wheelchairs
– Middle School Students in the Special Education/Inclusion Program
– Diabetes support groups

With your support, we can continue to grow these programs to meet the demand in our community for accessible arts education programs.

Title 1 School Field Trips

Callanwolde currently offers arts field trips to Title 1 schools at a discounted rate of $5 per student. These field trips include 1-2 arts activities including clay, painting, drawing, printmaking, or dance, a gallery viewing and discussion, and a tour of the historic Callanwolde Mansion.

As many schools reduce their art education funding and opportunities, Callanwolde hopes to fill in some of that gap by providing an immersive art environment to inspire future generations of passionate artists and art lovers in the community. Our goal is to make these field trips free to Title 1 schools by 2022 and eventually offer transportation.

Dance Progressions Partnership

The Dance Progressions Partnership program will offer free after-school dance classes for 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students in under-resourced communities. Callanwolde will partner with a Title 1 elementary school to teach classes once per week for eight weeks. There will be three different classes comprised of 15 students each for a total of 45 students.

Classes will focus on classical ballet and jazz. Students will be provided with dance shoes and a Callanwolde t-shirt. At the end of the eight weeks, students will be invited to Callanwolde Amphitheater to perform at a formally produced recital complete with costumes. Parents and guardians will be invited to attend. Free transportation will be made available for a little over 20 percent of the students and family members, if needed.

Just like the field trips, this program is designed to create new opportunities for talented young dancers to be a part of a passionate dance group and inspire them in an artistic environment to pursue their love of dance.

The Ability Garden

The Ability Garden is a partnership project with Trellis Horticultural Therapy Alliance ( to build outdoor wheelchair-accessible gardens and offer horticultural therapy workshops to people with disabilities. These programs, held in a supportive and safe environment, promote inclusion, build community connections, act as a source of motivation, and empower through hands-on learning.

Some of the programs groups are engaged in include basic garden education, garden art creation, art therapy with natural materials, flower arranging, and more. The success with the current groups we serve has created a higher demand for populations living with disabilities.

Organizations we are partnering with to provide personalized programs include Emory, Shepherd Center, Gigi's Playhouse, and the Ruby A. Neeson Foundation.

Art Classes for Veterans

Callanwolde offers painting and drawing classes on a weekly basis for veterans living with PTSD. We currently work with the Department of Veterans Affairs PRRC (Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center) to register the veterans and transport them from their center. This class has proven to be a safe space for the veterans to open up, talk with other veterans about their experiences, explore arts expression, and allows them to take some well-deserved time to focus on themselves while experiencing the healing power of art,

We also offer Financial Aid to veterans that graduate from the PRRC program so they may continue their arts journey at Callanwolde. One veteran has gone on to find his passion in jewelry making and now sells his creations.

Financial Aid

Financial aid makes all Callanwolde programs accessible to people that would otherwise be unable to explore their passions, learn a new skill, or take some time each week for themselves. Currently, most of our awarded Financial Aid goes to young dancers that are on the path to dance at a professional level.

In addition to Financial Aid, we offer full tuition coverage for people living with disabilities. We'd like to expand this opportunity to partner with local organizations and provide personalized programs to fit their clients' needs. The demand for these programs and financial aid has increased significantly over the past year. Callanwolde is also continually working to find ways to create a more accessible experience overall in our classrooms and on our estate grounds, which can be made possible with contributions or volunteering.

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