07/12/2012 09:07 am ET | Updated Jul 19, 2012

Top Local Arts And Culture Nonprofit Of The Month (VOTE)

Arts programs are typically the first to go when schools and organizations face budget cuts. It’s a sad reality that often means nonprofits have to bear the entire burden of imbuing a passion for culture among community members who can’t afford the high price tag that comes with dance lessons, painting classes and music courses.

For this reason, here at HuffPost Impact, in combination with, we will devote the rest of the month to saluting 10 local –- and lesser known -- nonprofits that are entirely committed to exposing youngsters, adults and seniors to the arts, and to helping them to develop a lifelong appreciation for them.

Check out the personal testimonies from people who have benefitted from these outstanding nonprofits and cast your vote for the one you think is doing the most good.

DIRECTIONS: In the slideshow below, give any nonprofit you feel is deserving 1-5 stars. The nonprofit with the most stars at the end of the month wins the title of HuffPost Top Local Nonprofit of the Month.

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