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OCA’s Cultural Experience Project Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Fifteen years have passed since the first group of students participated in the Cultural Experience Project (CEP).

In the years since those inaugural trips, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and our partner, Atlanta Public Schools (APS), continue to commit ourselves to each student – One Grade. One Venue. Guaranteed.

Since its inception, the program has served more than 52,000 students and raised nearly $6 million in funding from an assortment of individuals, corporations, private organizations, and foundations. And, metro-Atlanta’s cultural venues have supported the program’s efforts every step of the way —providing experiences rich with fun and engaging learning opportunities.

As we kick off the new year and celebrate this important milestone, we reflect on the impact each experience has had on APS students, teachers, and chaperones, alike.

We are grateful for the generosity of donors, and we appreciate the commitment cultural venue staff demonstrate through the thoughtful and mind-expanding curricula they create.

During this 15th-anniversary year, we will highlight moments from the program’s past. We also will keep an eye to the future while ensuring each APS student continues to have annual cultural experiences.

The Cultural Experience Project will kick-off its 15th anniversary with an event on Tuesday, September 17, at 3 p.m., at the Atlanta History Center. Make sure to check back soon to learn about each experience we host during the school year.