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St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy Awarded $15K Grant

The Feinbloom Supporting Foundation at the Rochester Area Community Foundation has contributed $15,000 for operations at the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy in Geneva.

The Community Arts Academy continues to grow and several hundred students of all ages currently receive instruction in choirs, piano, violin, cello, viola, organ, voice, dance, and guitar.

Socially distant and wearing masks, students learn dance at the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy.

The Feinbloom grant-funded operations for the Academy budget for 2019-2020. The Feinbloom Foundation strives to support arts and culture programs for children that contribute to their ability to learn.

The Rochester Area Community Foundation, in partnership with generous philanthropists and community partners, works to improve the quality of life for people who live and work in the eight-county region through its leadership and strategic grantmaking.

The Rev. James Adams, Head of School, praised the Feinbloom Foundation for supporting the Arts Academy’s mission, which is not only to provide quality instruction in music and dance, but also to strengthen the community. As an organization dedicated to creating a rich cultural environment accessible to all through lessons, classes, workshops and performances, the Arts Academy is an integral part of the Geneva community,” Father Adams said.

The Feinbloom Foundation supports programs that prevent or reduce youth violence and juvenile crime and programs for school-age children that strengthen connections with their families and communities and increase the likelihood of their success in school and beyond.

 

A good example is former arts academy student Changhee Lee of Waterloo who is now pursuing a doctorate of music in piano performance at the Université de Montréal. Changhee was a scholarship student at the Arts Academy, where he studied piano with Troy Slocum and organ with MaryAnn Hamilton and also sang in the Senior Choir.

Normally, the group classes and private lessons take place at the Community Arts Academy on 149 Genesee St. in Geneva, but this year learning has been offered online as well because of the COVID-19 virus. Performances are an integral part of the overall program and help students build confidence in their ability to practice, rehearse and perform in ways that recognize their potential as individuals. The Academy stresses that performances also help in the ongoing development of Geneva as a vibrant community that values the arts and education.

Students from 16 area schools in a five-county area are taking lessons from the dedicated core of instructors and staff, all of whom are professionals in their field.

Embracing its theme of “Arts for All,” the Academy is open to everyone from infants to adults and is not affiliated religiously although St. Peter’s Church sponsors and supports the Academy. More information on classes and supporting the Arts Academy is available at www.stpetersarts.org

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