May 4, 2001

U.S. Bank Provides $30,000 To Assist Schools With Arts Education Grant; San Diego kids appreciate the arts

With 58 banners hanging along Broadway during April, it was easy to see U.S. Bank's support of the local arts community and San Diego's largest local arts festival - ArtWalk. However, not so obvious was the grant that U.S. Bank provided to one of the non-profit beneficiaries of ArtWalk, the Institute for Arts Education.

Supplying art instructors to San Diego schools that could not otherwise afford to teach art and art appreciation to their kids, the Institute for Arts Education received a $30,000 grant from U.S. Bank in conjunction with ArtWalk. "We are very grateful to U.S. Bank for their assistance," noted Institute for Arts Education Executive Director, Margo Sharpe-Samuels. "This grant will allow us to meet our mission of enhancing the quality of education, life and culture for thousands of San Diego students through the Arts."

The grant continues U.S. Bank's support of the local arts community that also included sponsoring the San Diego's Museum of Art's 75th Anniversary celebration earlier this year and creating "Team U.S. Bank" at Artwalk, the volunteer force behind San Diego's largest local arts festival. "We are proud to support the local arts community by partnering with the San Diego Museum of Art, the Institute for Arts Education and ArtWalk," said Steve Rice, San Diego market president for U.S. Bank. "These are three organizations that truly exemplify the incredible culture and diversity that San Diego has to offer," concluded Rice.

The Institute for Arts Education is a partnership of classroom teachers and professional artists working together to explore the four major areas of the arts: dance, drama, music, and the visual arts in order to nurture, develop and enrich aesthetic and perceptual skills in students from San Diego city and county schools.

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