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CEL Grant awarded to SNAP

CEL Grant awarded to SNAP

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc., (SNAP) announced it has received a grant from the Community Endowment of Lexington, which is an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. This grant will fund a SNAP CHORUS SUMMER CAMP program for individuals with special needs. SNAP CHORUS SUMMER CAMP is a 4 week intensive program which offers students greater autonomy, leadership and opportunities for solo singing. In this summer program, singers will select a song to lead, or have a small vocal feature (solo or duet or trio). In this way it is a miniature of the SNAP regular Sing Along Chorus season, except the themes and songs are chosen by the members. At the end of four weeks the chorus camp will present a live virtual concert using the songs they’ve picked, highlighting individual contributions of each member.  
An important part of the mission at SNAP is to raise awareness of the talents and accomplishments of people with special needs. Singing provides the opportunity to be creative and communicate feelings. SNAP provides programming for wide variety of people, from those in their teens to seniors in their seventies. SNAP participants may have been born with an intellectual or developmental disability or as a result of a traumatic brain injury later in life.  
SNAP programs constitute a supportive and nurturing community where people come together to not only create music and art, but also to grow personally through trying new things, taking risks, making friends and expanding social connections. SNAP provides programming in music and the arts for people with a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries. SNAP performs concerts and holds art exhibits throughout the year to celebrate the accomplishments of people with disabilities as well as raise awareness of how people with special needs contribute to the cultural richness of our community.  
“SNAP is very grateful to the Community Endowment of Lexington for believing in the importance of our programming and for celebrating the talents and achievements of people with special needs in our community,” said Heidi O’Mara, Executive Director of SNAP.  
About Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc., (SNAP)  
Founded in 1981 in Lexington, SNAP provides people with developmental and intellectual disabilities opportunities that celebrate each person’s unique abilities while cultivating creative expression, building peer relationships, and fostering self-esteem through life-enhancing activities in the arts and music. More information about SNAP can be found on our website, www.snaparts.org  
About the Community Endowment of Lexington:  
The Community Endowment of Lexington enhances the quality of life for Lexington residents. CEL, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, awards grants to nonprofits and town agencies working in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and community building; provides ways for donors to give back and leave a legacy; and encourage innovative and collaborative solutions to issues facing Lexington, MA. For more information, visit www.lexingtonendowment.org.  

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