Crozet Arts Snags Bama Works Fund Grant

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Crozet Arts’ The Twinkle Project 2015. Pictured, left - right: Charlotte Pelton, Emily Wright (Athena), Dr. Beth Cantrell, Eowyn Pastor, Audrey Miracle, Amelia Williamson, Zofia Leverette, Maya Parker, Zina Parker. Photo Credit: Jen Phillips
Crozet Arts’ The Twinkle Project 2015. Pictured, left – right: Charlotte Pelton, Emily Wright (Athena), Dr. Beth Cantrell, Eowyn Pastor, Audrey Miracle, Amelia Williamson, Zofia Leverette, Maya Parker, Zina Parker. Photo Credit: Jen Phillips

Crozet Arts has received a $5000 grant from the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation to develop its summer workshops and classes.

Crozet Arts will expand The Twinkle Project, a weeklong interdisciplinary performance workshop for children in rising grades 1-9, to include two weeklong options, as well as a “Pre-Twinkle” week for students with significant training in ballet/music/theater. The Twinkle Project will be directed by Crozet Arts instructors Sharon D. Tolczyk, Boomie Pedersen, Dr. Beth Cantrell, and Elizabeth Brightbill.

The grant will also allow the development of new summer workshops to add to a roster that includes arts samplers; sewing for your doll; sewing: room re-do; drawing for teens with John A. Hancock; and art workshop for Grades 4 – 8. Summer classes for teens and adults in ballet, yoga, intro to drawing with color, and other options for various ages are planned.

Crozet Arts was cofounded in 2009 by Sharon Tolczyk and Mollie Washburne in a grass-roots effort to respond to the community’s expressed desire, during the Old Crozet School re-use study, to use the building to nurture and develop the arts in western Albemarle. Three classrooms in the rear of the old school were remodeled into studios for dance (with a sprung floor), music & theater, and art.

Crozet Arts achieved 501(c) (3) status (under the original name of Old Crozet School Arts) in 2012. It currently welcomes over 350 students, from pre-schoolers through seniors, throughout the year. More information can be found at CrozetArts.org.

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