Callanwolde’s outreach programs aim to make art experiences accessible to all people through financial and needs-based scholarships and low-cost Title I field trips, helping to fill shortcomings left by cuts in public school funding for arts programs. Other outreach programs include Atlanta’s first “Ability Garden,” which is wheelchair friendly and accessible to people of all ability levels, and our Veteran’s art program, which provides free, therapeutic, arts classes for veterans.
Outreach at Callanwolde
To make the healing power of art accessible to people of all incomes, Callanwolde provides need-based scholarships for child and adult students to participate in our classes, summer camps, and private music lessons. Applicants must show documentation of their financial hardship and provide a letter of recommendation to be considered.
Callanwolde established The Frank Barham Scholarship Fund in 2018 for students with disabilities. The Fund is named for the late Atlanta musician and disabilities activist, Frank Barham. This scholarship program serves people with any type of disability and are not based on financial need. Awards cover 100% of tuition and can be used for all classes, summer camps, and private music lessons at Callanwolde.
The Ability Garden
The Ability Garden offers recreation-based group garden therapy programs in a wheelchair accessible space for youth and adults aged 12 and up living with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities at no cost to participants. Programs focus on greenhouse growing projects delivered in a structured and safe environment by trained horticultural therapists. The Ability Garden serves individuals living with a life-altering injury or chronic illness such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, diabetes, developmental disabilities, and aging. Disability, illness and other barriers to full health and well-being can result in lives disconnected from nature with limited opportunities for social recreation. Garden therapy in a supportive and safe environment can be a source of motivation that promotes inclusion, rebuilds community connections, and empowers through hands-on learning.
Veterans Art Classes
Callanwolde’s outreach program for veterans consists of specially designed group classes in fine arts and yoga. These classes teach new skills, build community, and help alleviate stress. Arts classes are available to veterans at no cost to them through Callanwolde’s Frank Barham Scholarship. Much of this vital work is done through our partnership with the Veterans Administration Medical Center’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC).
Title 1 Field Trips
Our school field trip program, the Callanwolde Art Experience, provides Title I school groups with low-cost arts experiences consisting of a tour of the Callanwolde mansion, a visit to the Callanwolde Gallery, and a hands-on workshop in art, music, dance, or writing. We consult with teachers to custom tailor each field trip according to the group’s needs and interests.