by Niesha Kennedy
The Tau Gamma Delta Sorority Tau Chapter honored West Park Cultural Center (WPCC) with their Community Service Award. Betty Lindley, Founder and Executive Director of the West Park Cultural Center accepted the award during the sorority’s Founder’s Day Celebration on October 24, 2015.
Tau Gamma Delta, committed to youth and education, honored WPCC for its program excellence in providing children and youth with after-school and summer learning opportunities through the arts, educational support to English classrooms with Arts for Literacy and eight years presenting the annual free West Park Arts Fest.
“Organizations like West Park Cultural Center offer vital artistic connections to schools. West Park not only offers “beyond the school bell” arts in education programming for free, but also offers in-school time activities with classroom teachers and students as well. For example, WPCC works with teachers bringing performance artists, live Shakespearean actors, spoken word artists, and authors of literary works being studied in class, helping students connect to their studies, realize academic achievement and spark new interest not only in the arts, but life”says Kathleen Lee,a former teacher and WPCC Board member.
West Park Cultural Center promotes a thriving West Park environment by using arts and culture as a central tool that helps youth tap their creative and academic potential, and where residents can access the arts, education, and other support programs that contribute to their personal development, helping them come together as a strong community.