Michéle Des Verney Redwine, the president and founder of the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative

Michéle Des Verney Redwine, president and founder of the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative

The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative—which promotes using the unifying power of the arts to nurture inclusion and diversity across the regional arts and cultural landscape—recently launched its three-year “Syllabus of Color” initiative, a comprehensive effort to tackle systemic disparities and to engage families, schools, and cross-sector community partners to implement the principles of diversity and inclusion in arts education in area-based middle and high schools. The first tier of the project begins with students in fifth through ninth grades at Booker Middle School and Booker High School. A significant $106,700 grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation will be directed to hiring teaching artists, community relations managers and a project manager. Syllabus of Color also invites college students studying the arts to volunteer as mentors.

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