NY Daily News: Fred Dolan Art Academy, which helped 17 Bronx kids go to college, faces shutdown without more funding
By Kerry Wills
A Saturday arts program that has helped 17 at-risk Bronx kids go to college is facing closure because of a funding shortage.
Children’s Aid Society, the primary funder of the Fred Dolan Art Academy, anticipates it will lose $1.3 million in city funding for after school programs like the art school.
“We’re facing significant cuts from some of our key sites in East Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Bronx,” said Katherine Eckstein, director of public policy for CAS. “We don’t know what we’re going to do.”
This year Fred Dolan Art Academy in Belmont celebrates its first student to reach the Ivy League. Pauline Lewis, 18, a senior at Millennium Art Academy, received a full scholarship to attend Dartmouth College to major in finance with a minor in art.