GRACE recently received a $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Northeast Kingdom Fund. The grant will help further the mission of GRACE, allowing the organization to offer meaningful art activities to communities.

Grass Roots Art and Community Effort (GRACE) in Hardwick 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.

“The EXPLORE Program – a diverse series of instructional art classes for adults was developed in response to a request from the community for access to educational art classes, and we have been excited about this new opportunity to evolve and grow," said Kathryn Lovinsky, executive director. "We are especially grateful to this grant as it allows us the opportunity to provide scholarships and purchase materials for our classes for students that might not otherwise be able to attend.”

The winter session offeredweaving, writing, life drawing, collage monotype printing, acrylic painting and knitting. The spring series will be announced soon.

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.

The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals.

For more information about the GRACE series of instructional classes for adults, visit wwww.graceart.org, call (802) 472-6857 or email grace@vtlink.net.