billreagivingtues“It has been such a blessing in my life.”  “It was one of the proudest moments of my life.” “Definitely a defining moment in my life.”

When we asked graduates to tell us what Community School of the Arts’ Side By Side Apprentice Program meant to them, they sent back pages and pages of testimony.  And while each story is different, all of these young men and women agree:

This program changed their lives.

For the past 20 years, Side By Side has paired underserved teens from Knox County with professional artists in their studios for apprenticeships that can last for years.  The effects of these special mentorships go far beyond the school year.  They last a lifetime.

Through Side By Side, at-risk children bloom into poised, confident, and accomplished adults. It’s why this program— for three years running—has been named one of the top 35 arts and humanities youth programs in the nation by both the National Endowment for the Arts and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Please take the time while it’s on your mind to help secure the future of the next generation by sponsoring a child’s arts education now.  Any amount will make a difference.  And many thanks for your friendship and support at this special time of year.

Click here to read Sharlita’s story.

Read more about Sharlita and other graduates of the Side-by-Side program here.