The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces the expansion of SmArts for Kids to include a new Arts Scholarship Program. Offering increased access to arts education for youth, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing invites parents of students in grades K-12 who demonstrate a financial need to apply by April 1 for a scholarship to offset the cost of an arts education experience provided by the 2013 SmArts for Kids -Arts Scholarship Program Participating Organizations, including: All-of-Express Children’s Theatre-- http://www.allofusexpress.orgEli and Edythe Broad Art Museum-- http://broadmuseum.msu.eduHappendance-- http://www.happendance.orgLansing Art Gallery-- http://lansingartgallery.orgMSU Community Music School-- http://www.cms.msu.eduREACH Art Studio-- http://reachstudioart.org Awards selected will cover the full cost of summer programs and are funded by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing through its Arts Advancement Endowment Fund. The Arts Council of Greater Lansing works to advocate for and advance arts and culture in our region, including promotion of the numerous opportunities available for youth and young adults in the arts. As a part of its work to provide greater access to community-based arts opportunities and to grow creative problem-solving skills, SmArts for Kids offers a comprehensive resource guide for local arts opportunities for youth available at http://www.lansingarts.org/Resources/SmArtsforKidsCreativeCatalog.aspx. For more information regarding SmArts for Kids or the Smarts for Kids – Arts Scholarship Program, visit www.lansingarts.orgor contact Barb Whitney, Arts Council of Greater Lansing Program Manager, at (517) 372-4636 ext. 3.