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Baum receives grant from PPL for Allentown schools art program


The Baum School of Art has received a $5,000 grant from the PPL Foundation, which will support the Allentown Neighborhood Arts Program.

This year marks the 30th year of The Baum School of Art’s Allentown Neighborhood Arts Program, which provides a free, after-school art program to all elementary schools in the Allentown School District.

The program has served over 4,500 ASD students in the past 30 years. With the help of philanthropic partners, such as the PPL Foundation, Baum has been able to expand this program over the past six years to now include all of the ASD elementary and middle schools. In total, it has reached 1,700 ASD students over the past six years.

“PPL is committed to supporting organizations such as Baum School of Art that are instrumental in fostering creativity among youth,” said Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director for PPL Electric Utilities. “We believe it will help young people become more flexible and imaginative thinkers, and that will ultimately lead to a more creative workforce for the future.”

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