Annual Fund

Mentoring Youth Through the Arts

It was a busy summer at our Inspiration Center on Magnolia Drive! During July, we hosted our Makers + Mentors Camp with 26 elementary school students from families living in Glenville and Hough. Many of our campers first learned about CAL by attending one of our Saturday or afterschool programs and we were thrilled to provide opportunities this summer for exploring theatrical storytelling, creative movement, and photography with teen apprentices from our ArtWorks Theater and Photography Co-ops serving as their Mentors.

We continue to focus on engaging families from Glenville and Hough as part of our commitment to serving those most in need of our services who lack the access and resources to participate. Glenville and Hough possess some of the highest youth poverty rates in Cleveland and research shows that arts-integrated programs are advantageous to the social-emotional development and academic success of students from low-income communities.

Throughout our programming, staff and artists often observe moments of transformation in our participants which we hope extends to their home and school. We were thrilled to hear from Arie and Chris, whose daughter Jaiden participated in this summer’s camp:

Your summer programming has been simply amazing! We have attended STEAM Saturdays for a couple of years now. Because we’d had such positive experiences with that program, we were excited to attend the summer camps.

What Jaiden experienced was far beyond our expectations! She gained skills and confidence, discovered and explored new interests, made friends, was inspired to seek new artistic experiences and hopes someday to be as good of a mentor to someone as Paradise was for her this summer.

The safe and nurturing environment that is the Center [for Arts-Inspired Learning] is not easy to find. We feel blessed to be a part of your mission and hope to be a part of your family for a long time to come. Please be sure to let us know AS SOON AS registration opens for your Fall programming. We hope to participate in both the She Creates and Afterschool programs. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know."

-- Arie and Chris, parents of camper Jaiden

Your gift makes a difference to those who need it most!

We  hope you will consider donating to our Annual Fund to enable CAL to continue to provide programming such as She Creates and our Makers + Mentors camp for students like Jaiden.