…the full Spectrum ‘It couldn’t be any more important than it is’ 50 children show off five weeks of talent

Published 12:35 pm Friday, July 8, 2011

The free youth art program Spectrum officially closed Thursday night as a success, and organizers are hoping it will be back next year.

“That’s according to if we have the funds,” said Annette Kirklin, executive director of the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, the program’s sponsor. “We have to have the funds because it’s a very expensive program. It was worth every single penny, but it’s just about trying to find the funds.”

The entire cost of the program, open to children 10 to 16, was about $25,600 and covered supplies and pay for teachers and assistants.

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Beginning May 31 and ending a week ago, the program was funded through a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and in-kind matches from the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation and local businesses.

Multiple local businesses donated gift cards toward the purchase of supplies, and more than 50 volunteers from the community helped.

Kirklin said she is already looking at other funding sources to bring the program back next summer.