On Tuesday, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation announced that they had received a $30,000 grant back in March from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) to help support their Circo Latino program.
Circo Latino is an educational class for children and teenagers ages 7 to 18 to learn about the circus arts. The program has equitable tuition payments from participants, and this grant allows the department to create scholarships for those who can’t normally afford tuition.
“Spanish-language and Latin American culture are taught alongside juggling, stilt-walking, clowning, movement, aerial, mask-making, leadership, environmental stewardship, compassion, empathy, community vibrancy and healthy lifestyles,” the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs press release states.
The grant also allows the program to not only maintain and buy new equipment, but also pay an appropriate wage to instructors, “modeling that artists should be paid for their work.”
The Center received the grant through BCBSNM’s “Healthy Kids, Healthy Family” initiative. According to the BCBSNM website, the initiative is “designed to improve the health and wellness of children and their families across the state of New Mexico.”
With lessened COVID-19 restrictions over the past few months, Circo Latino was able to hold in-person sessions this year, unlike the digital format (dubbed “Circo Digitalino”) that the program had to adjust to last summer…
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