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The mission of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning is to create and support programs that foster literacy and learning as a lifelong process for all citizens.
The Carnegie Center stands as a true center of learning for people of all ages and backgrounds and represents the entire spectrum of literacy and learning--from beginning to master learners. The Carnegie Center provides:
- Workshops (writing, computers, foreign languages, youth and family interests, and special interests)
- Groups (Brown Bag Book Groups, Seniors Writing Group, Family Literacy Committee, etc.)
- Writer Mentoring; a part-time in-house writing mentor has been on staff since the center opened.
- Tutoring for children 6-16 in math, reading, etc.
- Camp Carnegie for middle school students in the summer
- Bluegrass Writing Project camps for middle school kids in the summer
- Special events for kids and families
- Family Fun and Learning Night
- MLK Day "I have a dream for my community" elementary reading
- Ready, Set, Study
- Author-related events such as New Books by Great Writers series, other reading/signing/workshop events (This former library building once housed books, but now the building often houses the writers)
- Visual arts exhibits in the Laurie S. Bottoms Gallery--a stop on LACC's Gallery Hop
- Concerts, conferences (such as our Health Literacy Conference), etc.
The Carnegie Center has been involved with the Kentucky Women Writer's Conference since it was established and is involved with Mayfest in Gratz Park. The center collaborates with multiple other literary groups/events, area businesses and organizations, authors, and others for a variety of programming.
The Carnegie Center is the Americorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Leader Project Sponsor for Lexington and supervises VISTAs in 15 other non-profit organizations. There are several projects and scholarships geared toward minorities and low income families so that a diverse group of people can participate in the learning experiences available through our organization.
Due to the dynamic, innovative mix of arts and education for beginning to master learners, the Carnegie Center is considered to be a unique, one-of-a-kind organization, nationwide.
The Carnegie Center was originally developed as a satellite agency of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in 1992, but in 2003 the new mayor proposed city budget cuts that would eliminate Carnegie Center funding. An agreement was forged by William S. Farish, the public library, and the city to jointly continue funding through July 2008 while the Carnegie Center became more self-sufficient, seeking funding through other resources such as grants, contributions, and other means.
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