The St. Thomas Fine Arts Department was thrilled to receive a grant from the Fredericton Community Foundation last Spring to purchase new percussion instruments for their program. Since receiving word of the grant, the department has been compiling a list of the instruments they plan on purchasing for the fall semester. As the list grows, so does their excitement.
The St. Thomas Fine Arts Department is a vital part of the STU community. The faculty and staff dedicate their time to introducing students to new forms of arts, helping young musicians reach new levels of professionalism both in the classroom and as extra-curricular activity, and give back to the community by providing concerts and playing for various school and community events.
Martin Kutnowski, Director of Fine Arts at STU, comments on the impact of community support for STU’s program, and specifically the impact of the Fredericton Community Foundation’s grant.
“The grant provides both financial and moral support for our Fine Arts Program (and Music in particular). It helps us in very practical terms, because the students will be able to orchestrate using a far richer palette of instrumental colors, but it also helps us in a spiritual way, making us feel that the community values the work we do. Because a large number of our students give back to the community (for instance, as teachers), the multiplying effect reverberates in ever wider circles.”
Martin expresses above not only the impact this specific grant has for STU’s program, but as the Fredericton Community Foundation hopes to see in all of their grants, a community circle that continues to give. Both STU and the Fredericton Community Foundation wish to see this program continue to thrive and grow with further community support and awareness. As the program re-launches with a new fall semester, the Fine Arts Department hopes to continue expanding their program with new instruments and new supporters.