PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Side x Side, a grassroots, arts education initiative, was awarded $1.9 million by the U.S. Department of Education to expand its programming.
"Side x Side believes that the best education has creativity at its heart," stated Beth Wilbur Van Mierlo, Side x Side's executive director.
The program has worked with elementary students at the Reiche School for the past two years, engaging them in arts projects designed to teach them about math, science and more. The grant money will allow Side x Side to eventually expand to four schools and reach more than 1700 students.
The University of Southern Maine will be a partner in the project, providing college students exposure to this teaching approach.