FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A program geared toward getting arts to less fortunate communities got a boost from Duke Energy.
On Tuesday, Duke Energy donated $30,000 to the iGNITE Arts Program that is offered by the South Carolina Governor School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH).
iGNITE Arts will expand its program in the city of Florence and Williamsburg County.
"Often times we focus on STEM programs and technical education. Certainly the research supports that artistic education and creativity and critical education is essential to the 21st century education," said Cedric Adderley, president of SCGSAH.
The iGNITE Arts Program allows students who would not normally have the opportunity to be exposed to the arts to get a hands-on experience.
Officials said the funding will also provide staff and supplies needed to start new programs for younger-grade students.
The plan also includes increasing the iGNITE Summer Arts Residency Program's reach and minimizing gaps in arts education in South Carolina.
"The South Carolina Governor School for the Arts provides this fabulous program and arts are important to expose children to. We are excited they have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club to administer this program," said Mindy Taylor of Duke Energy.