A Double Win for the Arts

The Rye Arts Center had cause to celebrate twice last week – once with the Rye Children’s Philanthropy and then later, with Capstone team members from Columbia University’s Master’s Program in Fundraising Management. The RAC received support from both groups in the form of a grant award and professional consulting services.

Young Kim and Andrea Vassos, officers of the Woman’s Club- Rye Children’s Philanthropy, presented a $2500 grant award to The Rye Arts Center to fund a STEM-based music program that will take place at each of the three Rye City elementary schools. Over 250 kindergarten students will participate in the curriculum-based workshop which integrates music with science, math and English.  RAC Music School and Outreach Director Anne Fumasoli designed the STEM+ARTs program which will feature a variety of musical instruments.

Columbia University’s Capstone team, comprised of 8-10 professionals, will work with The RAC over a 6 month period in a consulting capacity to provide market research, strategic planning, and external relations assessments.  The comprehensive consulting project comes just as The RAC is poised to launch a five year strategic plan dubbed Vision 2020. 

In working with The RAC, Capstone team member Julia Isenberg said, “Providing information and development strategies that will help to shape the future of RAC - ultimately resulting in more programs being offered and more children enjoying the art center - makes the work meaningful. We are helping to make the RAC's vision a reality.”

Capstone will present their findings to the RAC Board at the end of April.



    RAC Board member Fiona Dogan (left) and Anne Fumasoli, RAC Director of Music and Outreach, gratefully receive a $2500 grant award from RCP presidents Young Kim and Andrea Vassos (right)

     Noah Opitz, RAC’s Associate Director of Development and Helen Gates, Executive Director, review marketing materials with Julia Kim, Columbia Capstone team member (right)


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