The future of Abilene indeed looks bright, if the impact of 2017 Future Fund grant-making is any indication of what’s to come!
Future Fund, a Community Foundation of Abilene fund that makes grants to organizations that help children and youth in Abilene, granted nearly $74,000 during the 2017 grant cycle, awarding funding to programs that help youth via the arts, education, mentorship, and more.
Below are just a few impact reports from programs that received funding from 2017 Future Fund grants.
Dream Night at the Zoo:
Through the essential elements of critical thinking, encouraged ownership, and active learning, students create deeper and more complex responses.
Center for Contemporary Arts Summer Art Camps:
“So far this summer, we have had 2 camps, The Lost Art of Table Manners, where campers learned that table manners were not only a show of respect for their fellow diners, but also evidence of respect for themselves. As a group, we reviewed several videos explaining good table behavior and its importance, and one video of absurdly BAD table manners that made evident the need. We partnered with Cypress Street Station, reserving a special area and a special server, so that our campers learned how a table should be set…and why…The Future Fund grant made this possible.
Our second summer ArtCamp was called Ultimate Upscale Adventure. Campers led by Stacy Horton Sanchez, were taught environmental stewardship, and how one person can make a significant contribution to protecting earth, and how to turn “throwaways” into art. They learned to participate in city government by attending the June 22nd City Council meeting where they met the mayor, council…and presented samples of their work, emphasizing the need for this community to recycle.
We have 3 more camps: Theater/Art Camp: Be Here Then, Beginning Digital Photography, and ArtHEALs (for refugee children.) Future Fund makes it possible for us to award scholarships to these camps (for kids who) come from Hendrick Home, and some who show potential and have financial need. I have several ‘Thank you notes’ from kids who got scholarships due to Future Fund’s generosity,” says Center for Contemporary Arts Curator Bird Thomas.