Grass Roots Art & Community Effort (GRACE) recently received a $1,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Northeast Kingdom Fund. The grant will help further GRACE’s mission: Grass Roots Art and Community Effort (GRACE) is focused on empowering individuals through transformative art experiences, which lead to creative growth and self-discovery. At the core of GRACE is a commitment to unite diverse communities through the process of art making and exhibitions.

“We are excited to have the ability to offer our building to the community as a Drop-In Center with free wi-fi, games, art making and an inviting space for community members to convene once a week.” - Executive Director, Kathryn Lovinsky.

Every Tuesday starting in January 2019 from 9am – 12pm GRACE’s Old Firehouse in Hardwick will offer free wi-fi, games, reading spaces and art making to any and all community members. This grant helps to pay for staffing expenses and GRACE plans to have a computer available for community members to use the internet.

The Northeast Kingdom Fund is a permanent philanthropic resource dedicated to supporting the people and communities of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties. Its grants are decided by a committee of local residents, providing philanthropy for the Kingdom, by the Kingdom.

Grass Root Arts and Community Effort – GRACE provides quality art making experiences to the community including workshops to elders, children and other underserved populations, both in their Old Firehouse location in Hardwick and on site in various nursing homes, care centers and affordable housing residences in Northern Vermont. GRACE also offers instructional classes in a variety of two and three dimensional media. GRACE also has a vibrant exhibition program, showing in state and regional galleries as well as their gallery space in the Old Firehouse in Hardwick. For more information visit our website: www.graceart.org, email grace@vtlink.net or call (802) 472-6857.

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The heart of the Community Foundation’s work is closing the opportunity gap—the divide that leaves too many Vermonters struggling to get ahead, no matter how hard they work. We are aligning our time, energy, and discretionary resources on efforts that provide access to early care and learning, pathways to college and career training, support for youth and families, and community and economic vitality. We envision Vermont at its best—where everyone has the opportunity to build a bright, secure future.

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