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Charlotte arts nonprofits merging

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Arts Teach, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that aims to boost students’ academic performance through art, is merging with the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte in an effort to promote arts education more effectively.

“Bringing Arts Teach into ASC will enable our organization to provide more funding for cultural education and greater school-based decision-making over how cultural education grants are utilized,” Lee Keesler, president and CEO of the Arts & Science Council, says in a statement.

The merger will become effective July 1, 2009.

Funded primarily by the council, Arts Teach manages several programs for students and teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

North Carolina Wolf Trap, for example, aims to teach at-risk pre-school children basic life skills through arts participation.

Another program, ArtStart, helps teachers improve student performance by using the arts to develop reading skills.

The Arts & Science Council supports programs that aim to foster a vibrant cultural community in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

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