This grant supports the core arts and afterschool programming at Griot Arts. The mission of Griot Arts is to create a community of students who are engaged in making their community a better place through arts and education. The community of Clarksdale is located in the poorest county in the state of Mississippi, so resources are very limited. Griot Arts is committed to reaching out to more students and improving their lives so that they can break the cycle of generational poverty in Clarksdale. By investing in the arts and academics, Griot hopes to inspire and teach their youth to be confident and create goals that will improve their lives for years to come. They hold high expectations for their students in academics, social behavior, and community engagement.