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Keystone Art & Culture Center, Keys for the City piano

Students from the Youth Art Board, established with a Community Foundation grant, design our 2012 Keys for the City piano.

Creativity is a vital resource in moving our community forward. Creativity in the hands of youth can be even more powerful. That’s why we partnered with the Keystone Art & Culture Center to establish a Youth Art Board, nine enthusiastic and talented students from across the county, to act as leaders in the local art community. The pilot program, funded by an Ah-Ha Seed grant, allows students to bond with experienced mentors while learning new skills like welding and bronze-casting. The students grow personally through fundraising for art scholarships and exploring the business side of the trade in galleries and art studios. And they give back to their community — they’re already working on a mural project to beautify the neighborhood. We were able to see the students’ energy first-hand when they created our 2012 Keys for the City piano!

To learn more about the Youth Art Board, visit

And, as always, check back to our blog to see how the Community Foundation is creating extraordinary community right here in Lancaster County.