The J. Paul Getty Museum Tuesday received a $250,000 grant from Genesis USA to create an arts program for students at Los Angeles area high schools with a high percentage of students from low-income families.
The program will provide students with access to the arts both in their communities and via online platforms, Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, said in making the announcement of the grant at The Riviera Country Club.
The program will consist of curriculum-based challenges and instruction that link the 21st century skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration to science, engineering and mathematical principles, said Erwin Raphael, general manager of the Genesis brand in the U.S. market.
“We want to help kids enhance their creativity and collaboration skills, improve their problem-solving and critical thinking ability, and increase their self-confidence,” Raphael said.
Thousands of high school students from underserved and Title I schools are expected to participate in the program at the Getty Center, with potentially thousands more joining in the experience online, Potts said.
“The program we are creating will help teens do more than develop curriculum-based skills,” Potts said. “We will be helping them find their voice through creative challenges and community building.”
The grant is the first corporate social responsibility award of the recently announced Genesis luxury automotive brand, a subsidiary of Hyundai. The announcement came two days before the start of tournament play in the $7 million Genesis Open golf tournament at The Riviera Country Club.
—City News Service
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