VSA arts Rhode Island will use the $10,000 grant to support the "CF Cinema: Our Story" project, which will give students a chance to help make a documentary about education in the city.
The program will sponsor digital media classes for students in partnership with Central Falls High School, the Central Falls public library and the University of Rhode Island's Harrington School of Communication and Media.
The project is part of a broader vision for the creation of a youth digital media center at the library whose use will be expanded after the film is complete, according to VSA arts Rhode Island Executive and Artistic Director Jeannine Chartier.
Under the grant, students will produce a documentary about their experiences at Central Falls High School. The film will also look at the larger issue of public education reform, Chartier said.
She said Central Falls, whose schools were taken over by the state decades ago and which recently went through a municipal bankruptcy, is often dogged with a bad reputation.
"Students there wanted to be able to tell their side of those stories," she said in an interview this week.
The grant through the Academy's education program was formally announced at the library by Chartier and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline.