Chandler Center for the Arts awarded grant from Ruth McCormick Tankersley Charitable Trust to support youth programs

April 4, 2019
Connecting Kidz

In February 2019, Chandler Center for the Arts was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Ruth Tankersley Charitable Trust to support its Connecting Kids programs.

“Experiences with the arts are critical to youth development related to critical thinking, better synthesis of math and science, and innovative problem-solving,” says Michelle Mac Lennan, general manager at the Chandler Center for the Arts. “Studies show that a student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.”

Connecting Kids serves more than 5,400 young people, ages 6 to 17, every year with performing and visual arts experiences. The Chandler Center for the Arts is currently undergoing an educational assessment of the Connecting Kids programs it offers. The funds provided by this grant will help support programming expansion, continuing to reduce barriers for participation and a deeper investment to meet community needs.

The grant was awarded to the Chandler Center for the Arts through an application submitted by the Chandler Cultural Foundation, a nonprofit 501c3 organization contracted by the City of chandler to program and raise funds for the Chandler Center for the Arts. The Ruth Tankersley Charitable Trust awards its funds to education programs, as well as human services, animal welfare and children’s hospitals.

More information on Chandler Center for the Arts and its programs can be found online.


About the Chandler Center for the Arts 
The Chandler Center for the Arts is an engaging, welcoming, innovative space serving a diverse community. Located in the vibrant center of Downtown Chandler, it is a continually evolving location for all of us – using creativity and inspiration to bring people together through performances and exhibitions. Chandler Center for the Arts is a place that connects people - to our families, our friends, our cultural identity, to others and to ourselves. 
For more information about programs, performances and exhibitions, go visit Chandler Center for the Arts.  

About Connecting Kids
It is the mission of the Chandler Center for the Arts to make visual and performing arts available to the entire Chandler population. Connecting Kids helps the Center achieve this mission by serving as an educational resource for youth in the community.

  • Theatre Kids makes theatre, music, dance and other performing arts activities available to teachers and students in the community with these field trip-oriented shows and workshops created with youth and education in mind.
  • Vision Kids is a series of art workshops for youth, ages 6 to 16 years old, led by professional artists in the community. Participants use their own creativity to make a piece art in a variety of media.
  • The Youth Advisory Council is an intensive program for teens focuses on arts appreciation, community service and leadership skills, developing future arts advocates and well-rounded community leaders.
  • Camp Kids offers musical theater camps taught by professional artists are offered during the summer and school intersessions to provide youth with a creative camp experience.


Media contacts:
Cynde Cerf, Chandler Center for the Arts

Craig Younger, City of Chandler