As I rummaged through the Internet I came across an article (hyperlink below) that caught my eye. The article publicized that the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announced the 258 grant recipients for the 2013 year. These grants range from $2,500 to $100,000 and totals up to over four million dollars! Only 4 of the recipients got the whole $100,000 though. Doesn’t that make you a bit curious as to who these groups are, or what they are doing that makes it so worthwhile to grant them so much money? One of the receiving organizations is the Meridian International Center. Have you heard of the Meridian International Center? I’m sure lots of people have, but I hadn’t. If an organization is important enough to receive such a large grant, why is it that I don’t know who they are? So, as anyone in the 21st century does, I “Googled” them, and up came their website. Right there, clear as day, was a video declaring what they were all about. Have a look…
Wait a second… where was all the art? This is a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and art was mentioned for only a second in their video. Don’t get me wrong, the video was beautiful, some may say a work of art, but it alone is not worth a $100,000 grant. Rest assured though, the video IS misleading.
The Meridian International Center has some very relevant art projects on hand as well as an arts education program.
“Meridian offers a variety of art-related educational activities for children. These accompany our exhibitions from around the world and use art to help enhance students’ learning skills and capabilities in subjects such as history, geography, reading, science, art, and social studies. Programs are interactive and customized for each age group and subject matter.”
These art education programs are often paired with highly known and prestigious museums; Museums such as the Smithsonian, the National Zoo, and foreign embassies.
Phew! That made me nervous for a minute. I guess you did okay, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. For anyone who has a minute, I suggest that you take a look at the Meridian International center. They’re doing some pretty cool stuff!
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