First Coast Cultural Center's Sound Connections® Music Therapy program for children needs funding

First Coast Cultural Center and its Sound Connections® Music Therapy program for children with disabilities serves six public schools in St. Johns County, Fla.
By: First Coast Cultural Center
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - April 12, 2022 - PRLog -- First Coast Cultural Center and its Sound Connections® Music Therapy program for children with disabilities serves six public schools in St. Johns County, Fla. including Cunningham Creek Elementary, Valley Ridge Academy, PVPV/Rawlings, Ocean Palms Elementary along with The Webster School and Osceola Elementary which are Title I schools.

According to Donna Guzzo, First Coast Cultural Center's Executive Director and CEO, it is now imperative for funding and contributions to continue the Sound Connections® Music Therapy program. Some funding has gone away due to the pandemic, and donors re-focusing their giving to homelessness or food pantries.

Since 2006, program classrooms have been donated for students in preschool to fifth grade, to participate in music therapy, however, income to compensate therapists, supplies and trainings must be generated for continuation of services. For a reasonable fee, children and teens can work individually with a board-certified music therapist to maximize their potential through engaging music experiences. Clinic therapists provide a wide range of services including adapted piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons, among others for more than 400 children in Exceptional Student Education classrooms.

"We have reached out to several Foundations that have helped us in the past. We have reached out to the school district to inquire about grants or other possibilities to facilitate the program since we are servicing as early as Head Start. We are waiting to hear back as deadlines are approaching on July 1 to have therapists funded and placed for the 2022-2023 school year," said Guzzo. For more information, contact Donna Guzzo at and (904) 280-0614, ext. 1201. Visit the website at

First Coast Cultural Center hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, with after hour appointments available. Classes and programs are held at 3972 3rd St. S. in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. and at CareConnect+, 351 Town Plaza Ave. in Nocatee, Ponte Vedra, Fla.

About the First Coast Cultural Center - The Cultural Center is a place to create, understand, and experience the arts. The organization accomplishes its goals through exhibitions of local, regional and national artists in a variety of media through educational and enlivening events, quality arts classes, lectures, and workshops. Key programs include Sound Connections® Music Therapy for children with disabilities which is offered free of charge to students at St. Johns County schools, and Title I schools which provide additional resources to economically disadvantaged students. Also, Kick StART after school arts enrichment programs and services are available.

Donna Guzzo
(904) 280-0614, ext. 1201
Source:First Coast Cultural Center
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Location:St. Augustine - Florida - United States
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