The Edmond Sun

December 11, 2012

Walmart funds Fine Arts Institute of Edmond

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A leadership team from Walmart visited the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond to present the Institute a $5,000 grant for its Art in the Schools program.

“We’re proud to support nonprofit organizations in the communities we serve,” said Michael Heili, store manager. “Walmart is committed to supporting education initiatives that help students prepare for their future. The Art in the Schools program is a valuable resource for Edmond’s elementary schools.”

Making the presentation from Walmart were Erica Jones, senior manager of Community Affairs, Michael Heili and Milan Zak, store managers. Mitzi Hancuff, executive director of the institute, accepted the donation along with state Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and Shannon Price.

Through the Art in the Schools program, more than 2,000 third and fourth grade students are receiving hands-on art instruction taught by members of the Fine Arts Institute faculty. This is the tenth year of this significant partnership between the Institute and the Edmond Public Schools. Jolley, a board member at the Fine Arts Institute, shared with Walmart the important and creative work presented by the Institute.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe In 2010, Walmart and its foundation made an historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the United States. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives.

“Walmart’s significant generosity will help bring art instruction into the classroom at Ida Freeman, Orvis Risner, Northern Hills, Charles Haskell, Sunset, John Ross, Will Rogers and Angie Debo elementary schools. What a wonderful gift for these children,” Hancuff said.

A nonprofit arts organization the Fine Arts Institute offers art related classes and programs for all ages and all stages at 27 East Edwards. Visit for more information.