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At the start of this new school year, PAINTS and CHIME are merging and partnering with Piedmont Education Foundation (PEF) to launch the “PEF Arts Fund” to comprehensively support the all of the arts programming in the schools.

For as long as our kids have benefitted from visual and performing arts in Piedmont schools, there have been two supporting 510(c)3 nonprofits – PAINTS for visual arts and CHIME for performing arts. For the past 50 years, the music department at the schools have depended on the generous financial help of CHIME to run a robust and large music program. PAINTS has historically supported the visual arts annually in the range of $35-70,000 a year.

The reason for this merger is to streamline the way art is supported by the community. Reducing the number of separate nonprofits makes fundraising more efficient. The PAINTS and CHIME boards will combine as a committee and maintain roughly the same structure with the exception of the two incoming Presidents who will now be Co-Chairs of the PEF Arts Fund. The PEF Arts Fund will be fiscally sponsored by PEF. Moving forward, funds raised by the PEF Arts Fund will be used to support both visual arts and performing arts.

The need for parent support is critical for the Arts. Donations through the Piedmont Store will be used for art, music and theater supplies and instruction. At the elementary level, all students receive art and music instruction every week. In middle school, students dive deeper with electives such as visual art, ceramics, film, orchestra, band, and theater. As students advance to high school, they are offered electives in 2D, 3D, and AP Art, photography, ceramics, theater, orchestra, concert band, jazz band, acappella, and dance. The financial support provided by the PEF Art Fund pays for the acappella accompanist, the Music Assistant’s salary, choral and instrumental clinicians at PHS & PMS. The breadth and depth of these offerings would be impossible to maintain without parent support. Consider donating to the PEF Arts Fund at the Piedmont Store today.

Educational and exciting community art events will continue throughout the year. Don’t miss the Chalk Art Festival, Big Art Show, Small Art Parties, and Fall and Spring Spotlight Concerts. If you would like to be involved with visual or performing arts at our schools this year, join the PEF Art Fund Committee.


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