The Pittsburgh CLO has received an $800,000, four-year grant from the PNC Foundation, the nonprofit announced today.
The money will support the Children’s School, which teaches children ages 3 to 10 the fundamentals of musical theater.According to CLO Education Director, Kiesha Lalama the Children‘s School serves approximately 150 children. The school will be renamed The PNC Children’s School.
The grant will help the Pittsburgh CLO enhance curriculum development and offer support to young performing-arts students from low- to moderate-income families. The money also will allow the CLO to pursue several new children’s initiatives, including expansion of its financial aid program, outreach for its Creative Vision program, and development of a pre-kindergarten musical theater program. The Creative Vision program allows them to reach kids in public schools and Propel charter schools. They have staff with a prepared curriculum who go into the schools for 6-12 weeks. Their goal is to reach kids who may not have exposure to the arts.
“I am so thankful for PNC’s support and generous donation on the 25th anniversary of the CLO Academy,” said Van Kaplan, executive producer of Pittsburgh CLO. “Making the arts available to all children is yet another example of how PNC enhances the lives of the people in our community. We, like they, see Pittsburgh's promising future in the education and advancement of our young people."