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2016 Grantees


ARC Alliance / One Love Community Circle - Mishawaka, IN
www.onelovecommunitycircle.org

Arts Recreation Community (ARC) employs the transformative power of arts and sports to revitalize communities. They combat community deterioration, juvenile delinquency, and neighborhood tensions by providing opportunities for enrichment, creative expression, and engagement with other cultures. Funding supports One Love, the outreach program founded by Jubilation Fellow Nicole Williams, which uses group hand-drumming, music, and movement to broaden perspectives on education, self, community, and the world.


Arts Corps - Seattle, WA
www.artscorps.org

Founded in 2000, Arts Corps is a non-profit arts education organization dedicated to developing creative habits of mind in young people. Their corps of teaching artists (including Jubilation Fellows Eduardo Mendonça and Daniel Pak) bring hands-on arts classes -- music, dance, theatre, visual arts, poetry -- to youth with little or no access, predominately children in low income communities of color. They received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Funding supports general operations.


Arts Council of Pendleton - Pendleton, OR
www.pendletonarts.org

The Council’s Art Rocks Teens program offers free year-round art and music classes for teenagers. Funding supports the Pendleton Free Rock and Roll Camp where teens learn and play with working bands, then perform a free public concert on Main Street.


Arts In Reach - Portsmouth, NH
www.artsinreach.org

AIR works to empower teenage girls through mentoring and the arts. Emphasizing healthy lifestyles and personal development, they use after-school and vacation programming in performance, literary, and visual arts. Funding supports eight free annual programs.


Attitudinal Healing Connection - Oakland, CA
www.ahc-oakland.org

AHC pictures a world where everyone is whole, safe, loved, educated, and valued. Co-founded by Jubilation Fellow Kokomon Clottey, for more than 25 years they have offered creative and educational programs to transform the human spirit and build peaceful, loving communities. They provide access to the arts for schools that lack resources, healing and creative programs to at-risk communities, and leadership training and after-school programs to more than 80 Bay Area schools. Funding supports general operations.


Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - Oakland, CA
www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org

Since 2008, BAGRC has offered after-school and summer programs for diverse groups of girls ages 8-18. They are dedicated to empowering girls through music, and promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity, and collaboration. Girls attend music lessons, form bands, write songs, and perform; developing the creative, leadership, and teamwork skills that help them shine on stage as well as off. Funding supports general operations.


Boys & Girls Club Music & Arts Center - Kennewick, WA
http://greatclubs.org/programs/mac/

MAC offers after-school classes in music, art, dance, and technology for K–12 students across the region. The goal is to give students the opportunity to learn, grow creatively, and realize their passion and full potential. Funding supports their inclusive marimba program.


The Bridge @ Community Youth Services - Olympia, WA
www.communityyouthservices.org/bridge.shtml

The Bridge helps traumatized youth to better understand themselves through songwriting. During eight-week workshops, they collaborate, record, and perform for their community. The Bridge also hosts weekly writing workshops at the Thurston County Juvenile Detention Center. Funding supports general operations.


Centrum - Port Townsend, WA
www.centrum.org

Centrum produces residential workshops in dance, music, writing, visual and performing arts for students aged 4-94, which culminate in celebratory performances for the general public. Funding provides scholarships for students in grades 5-12 from all over the state to attend the Young Artists Project. Teaching Artists include Jubilation Fellows Caroline Oakley and Eduardo Mendonça.


Coyote Central - Seattle, WA
www.coyotecentral.org

Coyote offers the opportunity for middle-school youth to engage with professional artists, musicians, dancers, fashion designers, playwrights, furniture makers, chefs, and other creatives through hands-on workshops. They design and create their own projects, and discover their talents, identities, and personal potential. Funding supports performing arts programming.


Crosspulse - Oakland, CA
www.crosspulse.com

Crosspulse has been producing intercultural art works for almost four decades, building their non-profit organization on the foundation that collaborating across cultures through music and dance is an accessible and effective form of communication. Creators of the International Body Music Festival, their projects often involve traditional and contemporary Body Music, as pioneered by founder and Jubilation Fellow Keith Terry. Funding supports the Rhythm of Math program for grades 3-5.


Ellen Ochoa Middle School - Pasco, WA
www.psd1.org

Ochoa music educators don't "use our students to make music," they "use music to make our students." Their goal is to guide their students toward fully realizing their worth, creativity, expressive potential, and PLACE in the community. Funding supports workshops with experts in Latino music, dance, and history, as well as the production of "Viva La Musica: Exploring Latino Musical Influences Across the Ages."


Impact NW - Portland, OR
www.impactnw.org

INW was founded as a small, grassroots non-profit in 1966 by a coalition of citizens responding to poverty and deteriorating conditions in their neighborhoods. Their mission is to help people prosper through a community of support, by providing comprehensive anti-poverty, educational, and social services. Funding supports their Community Schools program, which offers ages 5-21 opportunities for enrichment, creative and cultural expression, job training, and academic support.


Intergenerational Outreach Choirs - Portland, OR
www.intergenerationalchoir.com

Founded by Jubilation Fellow Crystal Akins, IOC connects generations through song by forming all-inclusive, intergenerational community choirs. They encourage people to develop and value their own voices; foster mutual understanding and respect among people of all ages and backgrounds; and serve the public through music. Funding supports general operations.


Jack Straw Cultural Center - Seattle, WA
www.jackstraw.org

Founded in 1962 by a group of ethnomusicologists and radio producers, Jack Straw is committed to sharing music, dance, and stories from around the world. They provide hands-on activities -- both in-school and out of school -- for K-12 students, with a focus on those with differing abilities, as well as English language learners. Funding supports their K-3 music and dance education programs for both blind and sighted students, and a song and poetry project for second graders.


Jazz Drama Program - New York, NY
www.thejazzdramaprogram.org

Blues expression heals. Listening unites. Improv empowers. Story enlightens. Incorporated in 2003, JDP’s mission is to build more diverse, imaginative, and inclusive communities through jazz music, theatre, and dance. Funding supports the twelve-week ZAH! Jazz Youth Workshop. Jubilation Fellow Shireen Dickson is board president.


La Piñata - Jamaica Plain, MA
www.lapinata.org

Led by founder and Jubilation Fellow Rosalba Solis, La Piñata works to instill cultural awareness in Latino youth living in inner-city Boston. Using the arts, they provide tools for overcoming personal and community obstacles, and offer a wide array of activities and support, including folkloric music, dance, visual art, and theater. Funds support general operations.


Living Arts - Detroit, MI
www.livingartsdetroit.org

Free and low-cost dance, art, drama, and digital media classes are offered to students ages 3-18 of all skills and abilities. Living Arts engages youth in transformative artistic practices for their own individual development, as well as for the health of the community. Funding supports their Out-of-School Arts program at the Mexicantown Mercado.


Modern Roots Foundation - Ashland, OR
www.ModernRootsFoundation.org

MRF celebrates the diversity of human experience through American Roots music. Dedicated to filling the gaps left by budget cuts, they provide children ages 8-18 with access to musical instruments and instruction, regardless of economic status. Funding supports the Linking Musical Prosperity scholarship program.


Music Alive! in the Yakama Valley - Yakima Valley, WA
www.music.washington.edu

A partnership between the Yakama Nation Tribal School, University of Washington School of Music graduate students, and Chicano rock group Quetzal, “Music Alive!” provides collective songwriting workshops and residencies using the testimonio method. Funding supports general operations.


Music Cellar - Millerton, NY
www.music-cellar.com

An underground music school two hours north of New York City, they provide music lessons for all ages, with an emphasis on "pay what you can" music instruction for financially challenged families. Founded by Jubilation Fellow Jonathan Grusauskas, they engage in outreach work at local day care centers, and form children's ensembles that strengthen self-confidence, communication, collaboration, and melo-rhythmic skills. Funding supports general operations.


Old Town School of Folk Music / Wiggleworms - Chicago, IL
www.oldtownschool.org/classes/kids/wiggleworms/

Founded in 1957, Old Town is one of the grand dames of community music schools. Funding supports the Wiggleworms program, which partners with the Carole Robertson Center for Learning, and focuses on three components: weekly music engagement for children (ages 0-5); training and support for classroom teachers; and music enrichment activities for parents and families.


Pat Graney Performance - Seattle, WA
www.patgraney.org/education

In 1992, the world-renowned Pat Graney Company began Keeping the Faith, a non-religious arts-based education program for incarcerated women, and immigrant and refugee populations. KTF classes incorporate dance, music, American Sign Language, writing, visual arts, and performance. Funding supports KTF at the Seattle World School and Yesler Terrace Community Center.


Partners for Youth Empowerment - Langley, WA
www.pyeglobal.org

PYE’s mission is to unleash the power, purpose, and potential of young people. By weaving all of the arts into the learning process, they help youth awaken their innate creativity. Co-founded by Jubilation Fellow Charlie Murphy, they also offer public trainings for those who teach, support, and mentor youth. Funding supports Power of Hope, a residential summer camp for ages 14-18.


Resounding Joy - San Diego, CA
www.resoundingjoyinc.org

Harnessing the power of music to improve the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities, RJ aims to make music, happiness, health, and resounding joy in every beat. Funding supports the Sound Minds program, which brings teen parents and their children together for musical bonding experiences using interactive group songs.


Rhode Island Fiddle Project - Pawtucket, RI
www.rifiddleproject.org

Founded in 2009 by Jubilation Fellow Rachel Panitch, the Fiddle Project’s big idea is to cultivate leadership across generational lines by dancing together and by learning, reinventing, and performing traditional fiddle tunes. They offer free music lessons and instruments, and host community dances and fiddling celebrations. Fiddlers-in-Residence teach by ear and encourage peer-to-peer teaching. Funding supports community events and residencies.


Right Brain Initiative / Regional Arts & Culture Council - Portland, OR
www.TheRightBrainInitiative.org

Right Brain provides a platform for arts-integrated learning for all K-8 students throughout the tri-county region, regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic standing. By pairing teachers with teaching artists and providing school-wide artist residencies, they help bring core curriculum to life and improve student engagement. Funding supports expansion.


Seattle JazzED - Seattle, WA
www.seattlejazzed.org

Founded on the belief that music education should be accessible to all, JazzED helps students of all skill levels and backgrounds realize their full potential. They offer year-round programs, including big band ensembles, master classes, workshops, and summer camps. Funding supports the Summer Jazz Ambassadors program for 6-12th graders.


Seattle Music Partners - Seattle, WA
www.seattlemusicpartners.org

SMP’s free after-school program is a combination of weekly music instruction and mentoring for under-served elementary school students. They provide one-on-one lessons and ensemble experience, as well as free instruments, method books, and bus rides. SMP also partners with schools to bring in touring musicians, and arranges field trips to concerts. Funding supports general operations.


Seattle Theatre Group / AileyCamp - Seattle, WA
www.stgpresents.org

STG, a non-profit performing arts organization, hosts AileyCamp, a free six-week summer dance camp for under-served youth ages 11-14. In addition to dance classes, students participate in personal development courses such as conflict resolution, creative communication, and nutrition counseling. The camp fosters respect for self and others, and ignites the brilliance, creativity, and joy innate in everyone. Funding supports camp operations.


Self Enhancement, Inc. - Portland, OR
www.selfenhancement.org

SEI is dedicated to helping under-served youth realize their full potential through comprehensive in-school, after-school, summer, and wraparound support services. They work with schools, families, and other community partners to help African American and other students find their gifts by offering arts and performance opportunities. Funding supports the gospel choir community concert.


Songwriting Works™ - Port Townsend, WA
www.songwritingworks.org

Founded by Jubilation Fellow Judith-Kate Friedman, SW is an artist-run organization that restores joy, hope, health, and community by engaging people in collaborative songwriting and music-making. Using eight principles of creative engagement -- access, inclusion, originality, authenticity, respect, reciprocity, restoration, and celebration -- participants compose and perform original songs. Funding supports intergenerational community MusicTeams and general operations.


Spectrum Dance Theater - Seattle, WA
www.spectrumdance.org

For more than thirty years, Spectrum has brought dance to a diverse community, and worked to make dance accessible to all. They offer residencies, field trips, and classes in a variety of styles, from capoeira to contemporary. Funding supports the School and Outreach Programs.


Strings Attached - St. Louis and Ferguson, MO
www.stringsattached.info

Since 2009, Strings Attached has provided music education and, even more importantly, musical family to its young neighbors. Founded by Jubilation Fellow Steve Housewright, they provide in-school, after-school, and weekend opportunities for youth (ages 5-17) in American Roots music, as well as space for recitals, workshops, and ensemble development. Kids experiment with guitars, banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, accordions, and resonator instruments; and can also participate in an American music anthology project with adult musicians. Funding supports expenses and salaries.


Teaching Artist Training Lab - Seattle, WA
www.sct.org/For-Educators/TAT-Lab/

A professional development program that supports arts education as part of basic education in K-12 schools, TAT Lab is based on the philosophy that reflective practice and thoughtful planning are essential to effective educational experiences -- and a key building block for partnering with schools and classroom teachers. Funding supports operations of this eight-month program.


Totem Star - Seattle, WA
www.totemstar.org

Multimedia production is the hook that engages youth, builds trust, and offers life skills. Add a little social justice education, and you’ve got increased civic engagement, leadership development, and community building. Since 2010, Totem Star has partnered with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Neighborhood House, Seattle Parks & Recreation, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture to empower youth who might otherwise slip through the cracks. Co-founded by Jubilation Fellow Daniel Pak, funding supports the after-school music production and performance program at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.


Trillium Family Services - Portland, OR
www.trilliumfamily.org

Founded in 1998, Trillium offers a comprehensive continuum of mental and behavioral health programs for children, ranging from prevention and early intervention services delivered in homes, schools, and communities, to intensive psychiatric residential treatment. Funding supports a therapeutic music program for the Secure Children’s Inpatient Program at Parry Center Campus.


Turning the Wheel - Boulder, CO
www.turningthewheel.org

Founded by Jubilation Fellow Alana Shaw, TTW is a national intergenerational dance/theatre company committed to transforming communities through creative expression. They are dedicated to, and passionate about, the collaborative creation of works of art that are rooted in -- and restorative for -- the communities in which they perform. Funding supports general operations.


Upturn Arts (formerly Hope Stone NOLA) - New Orleans, LA
www.upturnarts.org

Upturn Arts provides “Arts for All” to children on a sliding scale. Through a collaborative arts education program, students explore and gain confidence in themselves as artists by participating in dance, music, theater, and visual arts classes after school, and at summer and holiday camps. Funding supports scholarships for low- and middle-income families.


Walla Walla Symphony - Walla Walla, WA
www.wwsymphony.org

As part of Carnegie Hall’s Link Up, a participatory arts education program that pairs orchestras with schools, the Symphony offers all students the joyful experience of making music with professional musicians. A true collaboration with area schools, the program culminates in a fully interactive music-making extravaganza, where students sing, play, and dance with the Symphony. Funding supports general operations.


YMCA Powerful Schools - Seattle, WA
www.ymcapowerfulschools.org

Powerful Schools is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap by creating strong partnerships with public schools to help children thrive. Through academic intervention, in- and out-of-class learning, family learning, and school readiness programs, they integrate arts instruction into core curricula to make learning engaging, connected, and relevant—supporting 21st century skills in communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Funding supports programming in high need schools.


Young Audiences - Portland, OR
www.ya-or.org

YA builds bridges between professional artists and schools and communities. They employ a roster of more than 150 teaching artists who offer performances, workshops, and residencies. They help kids develop skills for success, and bring joy into the school day. Funding supports general operations.


Young Women Empowered
www.y-we.org

Y-WE empowers young women from diverse backgrounds to step up as leaders in their schools, communities, and the world. Through intergenerational mentorship, intercultural collaboration, and year-round creative programs, they offer transformative learning opportunities. Funding supports their “Dancing the African Diaspora” program.





2015 Grantees


ARC Alliance / One Love Community Circle - Mishawaka, IN
www.onelovecommunitycircle.org

Arts Recreation Community (ARC) employs the transformative power of arts and sports to revitalize communities locally, nationally, and globally. They combat community deterioration, juvenile delinquency, and neighborhood tensions in underprivileged communities by providing opportunities for enrichment, creative expression, and engagement with other cultures. Funding supports their outreach program, One Love, which uses group hand-drumming, music, and movement to broaden perspectives on education, self, community, and the world.


Arts Corps - Seattle, WA
www.artscorps.org

Founded in 2000, Arts Corps is a non-profit arts education organization dedicated to developing creative habits of mind in young people. The corps of teaching artists brings hands-on art classes -- including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, poetry -- to youth with little or no access to arts education, predominately children in low income communities of color. Arts Corps received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Funding supports general operations.


Arts In Reach - Portsmouth, NH
www.artsinreach.org

AIR works to empower teenage girls through mentoring and the arts. Emphasizing healthy lifestyle coaching and personal development, they use after-school and vacation programming in performance, literary, and visual arts. Funding supports eight free annual programs.


Attitudinal Healing Connection - Oakland, CA
www.ahc-oakland.org

AHC pictures a world where everyone is whole, safe, loved, educated, and valued. For more than 25 years AHC has offered creative and educational programs to transform the human spirit and build peaceful, loving communities. They provide access to the arts for schools that lack resources, healing and creative programs to at-risk communities, and leadership training and after-school programs to more than 80 Bay Area schools. Funding supports general operations.


Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - Oakland, CA
www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org

Since 2008, BAGRC has offered after-school and summer programs for diverse groups of girls ages 8-18. They are dedicated to empowering girls through music, and promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity, and collaboration. Girls attend music lessons, form bands, write songs, and perform: developing the creative, leadership, and teamwork skills that help them shine on stage as well as off. Funding supports general operations.


BRAVO Youth Orchestras - Portland, OR
www.oregonbravo.org

BRAVO transforms the lives of under-served youth through music instruction, emphasizing collaboration, promoting self-confidence, and creating community. They provide in-school and after-school music -- including choral singing, music literacy, string orchestra, and wind ensemble -- to more than 350 children in grades K-5. Funding supports program expansion.


The Bridge @ Community Youth Services - Olympia, WA
www.communityyouthservices.org/bridge.shtml

The Bridge helps traumatized youth to better understand themselves through song writing. During eight-week workshops, “at-risk” youth collaborate to create songs, then record their music, and perform for their community. The Bridge also hosts weekly writing workshops at the Thurston County Juvenile Detention Center. Funding supports general operations.


Broadway Center for Performing Arts - Tacoma, WA
www.broadwaycenter.org

The Broadway Center offers top-quality and diverse performances, and runs one of the largest arts education programs in the state. Funding supports the Broadway Center Conservatory, where students of all ages and from all backgrounds can take classes. From musical theater and dance (including a Ballet Folklorico ensemble) to world drumming and acting, no child is turned away for lack of funds.


Centrum - Port Townsend, WA
centrum.org

Centrum produces residential workshops in dance, music, writing, and visual and performing arts for students aged 4-94, which culminate in celebratory performances for the general public. Funding provides scholarships for students in grades 5-12 from all over Washington State to attend the Young Artists Project.


Crosspulse - Oakland, CA
www.crosspulse.com

Keith Terry and Crosspulse are a major spring at the headwaters of body percussion. In 2008, they premiered the first International Body Music Festival, which has been going strong ever since. Their Rhythm of Math program uses body music to teach mathematical concepts to students in grades 3-5. Funding supports the Educational Outreach program.


Grant Wood Elementary - Iowa City, IA
www.iowacityschools.org

The school-based Whispering Drums program offers world drumming to a diverse, displaced, and under-served student population to: build community and trust; break down language and anger barriers by teaching how to communicate through music; understand and express oneself and accept the expression of others. The K-6 students of Whispering Drums also play in community celebrations and spontaneous public performances.


Harmony Project - Los Angeles, CA
www.harmony-project.org

Founded in 2001, Harmony Project is dedicated to music education for low-income youth. Using the power of orchestral music, they foster positive development in students aged 6-18. Everyone receives the support and guidance needed to graduate high school and continue to college. Harmony Project received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, and the Bright Spots Award. Funding supports general operations.


Hope Stone Kids / Upturn Arts - New Orleans, LA
upturnarts.org

Upturn Arts provides “Arts for All” to a diverse group of children and youth through a collaborative arts education program. Students participate in (and create) dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Funding provides scholarships for under-served children.


Jack Straw Cultural Center - Seattle, WA
www.jackstraw.org

Founded in 1962 by a group of ethnomusicologists and radio producers, Jack Straw is committed to sharing music, dance, and stories from around the world. They provide hands-on activities, both in-school and out of school, for K-12 students, with a focus on those with disabilities, as well as English language learners. Funding supports their K-3 music and dance education programs for both blind and sighted students, and a song and poetry project for second graders.


Living Arts - Detroit, MI
www.livingartsdetroit.org

Engaging youth, teachers, and families in transformative experiences in the performing, visual, literary, and media arts -- both in and out of school -- Living Arts works to increase academic achievement, develop leadership and artistic skills, and strengthen schools and communities. Funding supports the Out-of-School Arts program.


Modern Roots Foundation - Ashland, OR
www.ModernRootsFoundation.org

MRF celebrates the diversity of human experience through the art of American Roots music. Dedicated to filling the gaps left by art program budget cuts, they provide children ages 8-18 with access to musical instruments and instruction, regardless of economic status. Funding supports the Linking Musical Prosperity scholarship program.


Old Town School of Music Wiggleworms - Chicago, IL
www.oldtownschool.org/classes/kids/wiggleworms/

Respected, historic Old Town School of Music, founded in 1957, is one of the grande dames of community music schools. Funding supports the Wiggleworms program, which partners with the Carole Robertson Center for Learning, and focuses on three components: weekly music engagement for children (ages 0-5); training and support for classroom teachers; and music enrichment activities for parents and families.


1 World Chorus - Lake Oswego, OR
www.oneworldchorus.org

Committed to connecting and empowering children and communities around the world through music, 1 World offers free collaborative drumming, choral, recording, and band programs. Funding supports in-school residencies for 3-6 graders in Portland.


Partners for Youth Empowerment - Langley, WA
www.pyeglobal.org

PYE’s mission is to unleash the power, purpose, and potential of young people worldwide. They weave all of the arts into the learning process, helping youth awaken their innate creativity. Using an arts-based model, they also offer public trainings for those who teach, support, and mentor youth. Funding supports Power of Hope, a residential summer camp for youth ages 14-18.


Port Gamble S'Klallam Foundation - Kingston, WA
www.pgst.nsn.us

The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for tribal members and increasing the understanding of the Tribe's rich cultural heritage. Funding supports the Early Childhood Education Program; specifically, classes for ages 3-5 on how to make instruments and dance props, and perform traditional songs and dances.


Resounding Joy - San Diego, CA
www.resoundingjoyinc.org

Harnessing the power of music to improve the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities, RJ aims to make music, happiness, and health, as well as resounding joy in every beat. Funding supports the Sound Minds program, which brings teen parents and their young children together for musical bonding experiences using interactive group songs.


Rhode Island Fiddle Project - Pawtucket, RI
www.rifiddleproject.org

Founded in 2009, the Fiddle Project’s big idea is to cultivate leadership across generational lines by dancing together and by learning, reinventing, and performing traditional fiddle tunes. They offer free music lessons and instruments, and host community dances and fiddling celebrations. Fiddlers-in-Residence teach by ear and encourage peer-to-peer teaching. Funding supports community events and residencies.


Seattle Amistad School - Seattle WA
www.seattleamistadschool.org

An independent immersion school serving grades pre-K through 5, native English speakers and native Spanish speakers learn together in a bilingual, bicultural environment. Students participate in a dynamic academic program, while developing proficiency and literacy in both Spanish and English. The program is grounded in family and community, promoting cross-cultural understanding and skills. Funding supports the Artists in Residence program for all students.


Seattle JazzED - Seattle, WA
www.seattlejazzed.org

Founded on the belief that music education should be accessible to all students, JazzED helps students of all skill levels and backgrounds realize their full potential through music education. They offer year-round music programs, including big band ensembles, master classes, workshops, and summer camps. Funding supports the Summer Jazz Ambassadors program for 6-12th graders.


Seattle Music Partners - Seattle, WA
www.seattlemusicpartners.org

SMP’s free after-school program is a combination of weekly music instruction and mentoring for under-served elementary school students. They provide one-on-one lessons and ensemble experience, as well as instruments, method books, and bus rides. SMP also partners with schools to bring in touring musicians, and arrange field trips to concerts. Funding supports general operations.


Seattle Theatre Group / Ailey Camp - Seattle, WA
www.stgpresents.org

STG, a non-profit performing arts organization, hosts AileyCamp, a free six-week summer dance camp for under-served youth ages 11-14. In addition to dance classes, students participate in personal development courses such as conflict resolution, creative communication, and nutrition counseling. AileyCamp fosters respect for self and others, and ignites the brilliance, creativity, and joy innate in everyone. Funding supports AileyCamp operations.


Songwriting Works™ - Port Townsend, WA
www.songwritingworks.org

An artist-run music organization, SW restores joy, hope, health, and community by engaging people in collaborative song-writing and music-making. Using eight principles of creative engagement -- access, inclusion, originality, authenticity, respect, reciprocity, restoration, and celebration -- participants compose and perform original songs. Funding supports intergenerational community MusicTeams and general operations.


Spectrum Dance Theater - Seattle, WA
www.spectrumdance.org

For more than thirty years, Spectrum has brought dance to a diverse community and worked to make dance accessible to all. They offer residencies, field trips, and classes in a variety of styles, from capoeira to contemporary. Funding supports the School and Outreach Programs.


Strings Attached - St. Louis and Ferguson, MO
www.stringsattached.info

Since 2009, Strings Attached has provided music education and, even more importantly, musical family to its young neighbors. They provide in-school, after school, and weekend opportunities for youth (ages 5-17) in American Roots music, as well as space for recitals, workshops, and ensemble development. Kids experiment with guitars, banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, accordions, and resonator instruments; and can also participate in an American music anthology project, by recording songs with local adult musicians. Funding supports expenses and salaries.


Teaching Artist Training Lab - Seattle, WA
www.sct.org/For-Educators/TAT-Lab/

TAT Lab is a professional development program with a focus on supporting arts education as part of basic education in K-12 schools. TAT Lab is based on the philosophy that reflective practice and thoughtful planning are essential to effective educational experiences -- and a key building block for partnering with schools and classroom teachers. Funding supports operations of this eight-month training program.


Totem Star - Seattle, WA
www.totemstar.org

Multimedia production is the hook that engages youth, builds trust, and offers life skills. Add a little social justice education, and you’ve got increased civic engagement, leadership development, and community building. Since 2010, Totem Star has partnered with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Neighborhood House, Seattle Parks & Recreation, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture to empower youth who might otherwise slip through the cracks. Funding supports the after-school music production and performance program at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.


Turning the Wheel
www.turningthewheel.org

A national intergenerational dance/theatre company, TTW is committed to transforming communities through creative expression. They are dedicated to, and passionate about, the collaborative creation of works of art that are rooted in -- and restorative for -- the communities in which they perform. Funding supports general operations.


YMCA Powerful Schools - Seattle, WA
www.powerfulschools.org

Powerful Schools is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap by creating strong partnerships with public schools to help children thrive. Through academic intervention, in- and out-of-class learning, family learning, and school readiness programs, they integrate arts instruction into core curricula to make learning engaging, connected, and relevant—supporting 21st century skills in communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Funding supports integrated arts programming in high need schools.


Young Audiences – Portland, OR
www.ya-or.org

YA programs build bridges from professional artists to schools and local communities. They employ a roster of more than 150 teaching artists who offer performances, workshops, and residencies. They help kids develop skills for success, and bring joy into the school day. Funding supports the Arts at Kairos project, an extended in-school arts program.


2014 Grantees


Arts Corps - Seattle, WA
www.artscorps.org

Founded in 2000, Arts Corps is a non-profit arts education organization dedicated to developing creative habits of mind in young people. The corps of teaching artists brings hands-on art classes -- including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, poetry -- to youth with little or no access to arts education, predominately children in low income communities of color. Arts Corps received the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award. Funding supports general operations.


Attitudinal Healing Connection - Oakland, CA
www.ahc-oakland.org

AHC pictures a world where everyone is whole, safe, loved, educated, and valued. Their mission is to eliminate violence by offering creative and educational programs that transform the human spirit and build peaceful, loving communities for all. For more than 25 years AHC has provided access to the arts for schools that lack resources, as well as healing and creative programs to at-risk communities. They provide leadership training and after-school programs to more than 57 Oakland schools. Funding supports general operations.


Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - Oakland, CA
www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org

Since 2008, BAGRC has offered after-school and summer programs for diverse groups of girls ages 8-18. BAGRC is dedicated to empowering girls through music, and promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity, and collaboration. Girls attend music lessons, form bands, write songs, and perform; developing the creative, leadership, and teamwork skills that help them shine on stage as well as off. Funding supports general operations.


The Bridge @ Community Youth Services - Olympia, WA
www.communityyouthservices.org

The Bridge is a music mentoring program where youth learn how to write, produce, record, and perform their own original hip-hop music. The program specifically targets youth who are considered at-risk, either involved in foster care, previously incarcerated, or in danger of dropping out of high school. Funding supports general operations.


Coyote Central - Seattle, WA
www.coyotecentral.org

Coyote Central helps adolescents become creative thinkers confident in their capabilities, and engaged with their community. Since 1986 more than 13,000 middle-school youth have taken 20-hour courses at Coyote with professional artists, musicians, chefs, dancers, fashion designers, and writers. Every year more than 1400 children engage in hands-on projects; both in the studio, and out in the community through public art and service projects. Funding supports expansion of music and dance programs.


Crosspulse - Oakland, CA
www.crosspulse.com

Keith Terry and Crosspulse are a major spring at the headwaters of body percussion. In 2008, they premiered the first International Body Music Festival, which has been going strong ever since. They are working on a Rhythm of Math project that uses body music to teach mathematical concepts to students in grades 3-5. Funding supports the Educational Outreach program.


Ethos - Portland, OR
www.ethos.org

Founded in 1998, Ethos provides music lessons, multicultural performances, and workshops to more than 7,000 students a year. They believe that all kids, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location, deserve access to music education. The President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities named Ethos one of the top 50 after-school arts programs in the United States. Funding supports the Music Across Oregon program, which puts residential AmeriCorps music teachers in rural towns.


Hope Stone Kids - New Orleans, LA
www.hopestoneneworleans.org

With high energy and lots of heart, Hope Stone provides learning opportunities and support services to at-risk children. The program brings music, dance, theatre, yoga, creative writing, and the visual arts to an array of venues, such as schools, community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, after-school programs, and homeschool associations. Funding supports after-school programming and summer arts camp.


International Capoeira Angola Foundation - Seattle, WA
www.unionculturalcenter.org

ICAF-Seattle is a non-profit educational organization committed to the cultivation, preservation, and growth of the African Brazilian art form, Capoeira Angola. Founded in 1997, ICAF works to create strong and vibrant communities by connecting through music, movement, history, and philosophy. They provide ongoing programs for kids, youth, and adults. Funding supports general operations, summer camp, and the Youth in Action after-school program.


Living Arts/Southwest Dance - Detroit, MI
www.livingartsdetroit.org

Free and low-cost dance, art, drama, and digital media classes are offered to students ages 3-17 of all skills and abilities. Reaching more than 400 students a year, Living Arts engages youth in transformative artistic practices for their own individual development, as well as for the health of the community. Funding supports the Southwest Dance/Out-of-School arts program.


My World Dance Studio - Seattle, WA
www.myworld-df.com

Since 2008, My World Dance has offered free and low-cost dance programs for youth ages 3-16, from all walks of life. Their programs foster creativity, artistic expression, confidence, and cooperation. Funding supports a new after-school program that explores the relationship between words, dance, and music.


Old Town School of Music Wiggleworms - Chicago, IL
www.oldtownschool.org/classes/kids/wiggleworms/

Respected, historic Old Town School of Music, founded in 1957, is one of the grande dames of community music schools. Funding supports the Wiggleworms program, which partners with the Carole Robertson Center for Learning, and focuses on three components: weekly music engagement for children (ages 0-5); training and support for classroom teachers; and music enrichment activities for parents and families.


Powerful Schools - Seattle, WA
http://powerfulschools.org

YMCA Powerful Schools is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap by creating strong partnerships with public schools to help children thrive. Through academic intervention, in- and out-of-class learning, family learning, and school readiness programs, they integrate arts instruction into core curricula to make learning engaging, connected, and relevant—supporting 21st century skills in communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Funding supports integrated arts programming in high need schools.


Red Eagle Soaring - Seattle, WA
www.redeaglesoaring.org

Red Eagle helps urban Indian youth access Native arts education. Year-round programming includes a spring musical, a performing arts summer camp, after-school theatre programming, theatre residencies in tribal settings, and traditional storytelling workshops. Funding supports general operations.


Resounding Joy - San Diego, CA
www.resoundingjoyinc.org

Resounding Joy uses music programs to improve the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities. They aim to make music, happiness, and health, as well as resounding joy in every beat. Funding supports Sound Minds, a program for at-risk infants and their teenaged parents that promotes parenting and bonding skills using interactive group songs.


Seattle Music Partners - Seattle, WA
www.seattlemusicpartners.org

SMP’s free after-school program is an innovative combination of weekly music instruction and mentoring. For 15 years, SMP has worked with under-served elementary school students in Seattle’s Central District, providing one-on-one lessons and ensemble experience, as well as instruments, method books, and bus rides. SMP also partners with schools to bring in touring musicians, and arrange field trips to concerts. Funding supports general operations and expansion to another after-school site.


Sounds Beyond Barriers - Seattle, WA

Sounds Beyond Barriers is a collective songwriting project inspired by the work of Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico, and artivistas (artist-activists) in Los Angeles. They use the creative process to build community. In 2013, the project was implemented at the Seattle World School, where students created and performed original songs. Funding supports a series of songwriting workshops with the King County Juvenile Detention Center, led by a bilingual team of seven artivistas.


Strings Attached - St. Louis, MO
www.stringsattached.info

Since 2009, Strings Attached has provided music education and, even more importantly, musical family to its young neighbors. They create performance and mentoring opportunities for youth (ages 5-17) in American roots music, while also providing space for recitals, workshops, and ensemble development. Kids learn the rudiments of music while experimenting with guitars, banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, washboards, and resonator instruments. Funding supports expenses and salaries.


Teaching Artist Training Lab - Seattle, WA
http://www.sct.org/For-Educators/TAT-Lab/

TAT Lab is a professional development program with a focus on supporting arts education as part of basic education in K-12 schools. TAT Lab is based on the philosophy that reflective practice and thoughtful planning are essential to effective educational experiences – and a key building block for partnering with schools and classroom teachers. Funding supports operations of this eight-month training program.


Totem Star - Seattle, WA
www.totemstar.org

Multimedia production is the hook that engages youth, builds trust, and offers life skills. Add a little social justice education, and you’ve got increased civic engagement, leadership development, and community building. Since 2010, Totem Star has partnered with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Neighborhood House, Seattle Parks & Recreation, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture to empower youth who might otherwise slip through the cracks. Funding supports the after-school music production and performance program at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.


Young Audiences - Oregon/Southwest WA
http://www.ya-or.org

YA programs build bridges from professional artists to schools and local communities. They employ a roster of more than 150 teaching artists whose performances, workshops, and residencies teach children essential lessons about creativity and collaboration. They help kids develop skills for success, and bring joy into the school day. Funding supports the Arts at Kairos project, an extended in-school arts program.


2013 Grantees


Arts Corps - Seattle, WA
www.artscorps.org

Founded in 2000, Arts Corps is a non-profit arts education organization dedicated to developing creative habits of mind in young people. The corps of teaching artists brings hands-on art classes -- including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, poetry -- to youth with little or no access to arts education, predominately children in low income communities of color. They are recipients of the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award.


Arts In Reach - Portsmouth, NH
www.artsinreach.org

AIR envisions a world in which each girl is respected and supported. Through year-round performance and visual arts programming, AIR works to empower teenage girls through mentoring and the arts. Girls collaborate with arts educators, mentors and peers through the creative process. The grant will be used to sustain more than 135 year-round enrichment opportunities for under-served teenage girls of the Greater Seacoast of New Hampshire.


Association of Teaching Artists - based in New York
www.teachingartists.com

ATA is a non-profit professional organization whose mission is to advocate for, support, strengthen, and serve artists from all disciplines who teach in schools and in the community. They provide a much-needed network for communication, connection, and the exchange of resources.


Attitudinal Healing Connection - Oakland, CA
www.ahc-oakland.org

AHC pictures a world where everyone is whole, safe, loved, educated, and valued. Their mission is to eliminate violence by offering creative and educational programs that transform the human spirit and build peaceful, loving communities for all. For more than 24 years AHC has provided access to the arts for schools that lack the resources, and provided healing and creative programs to at-risk communities. They provide leadership training and after-school programs to more than 57 Oakland schools.


Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - Oakland, CA
www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org

Since 2008, BAGRC has offered afterschool and summer programs for diverse groups of girls ages 8-18. They are dedicated to empowering girls through music, and promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity, and collaboration. Girls attend music lessons, form bands, write songs, and perform, building confidence as they develop the creative, leadership, and teamwork skills that help them shine on stage as well as off.


Crosspulse - Oakland, CA
www.crosspulse.com

Keith Terry and Crosspulse are a major spring at the headwaters of body percussion. In 2008, they premiered the first International Body Music Festival (IBMF), which has been going strong ever since. Funds will be used to support their work in schools, the International Body Music Festival's educational outreach program, and to underwrite teacher training for their new Rhythm of Math project that uses body music to teach mathematical concepts to students in grades 3-5.


Hope Stone Kids - New Orleans, LA
www.hopestoneinc.org

With high energy and lots of heart, Hope Stone provides in- and after-school learning opportunities and support services to at-risk children. The program brings music, dance, theater, yoga, creative writing, and the visual arts to an array of venues, such as schools, community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, after-school programs, and homeschool associations.


Int’l Bluegrass Museum - Owensboro, KY
www.bluegrass-museum.org

Founded in 1991, the mission of the IBMM is to develop and maintain an environment in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass music. Funds will support their "Bluegrass in the Schools" project, as well as the energetic, foot-stompin' classes at the Museum.


Living Arts/Southwest Dance - Detroit, MI
www.livingartsdetroit.org

Free and low-cost after-school dance classes are offered to students of all skills and abilities, especially at-risk youth ages 3-17. Reaching more than 800 students a year, Southwest Dance engages them in a transformative artistic practice for their own individual development, as well as for the health of the community.


Marenje Marimba - Fredericksburg, Virginia
www.marenjemarimba.org

Marenje empowers youth and young adults through music making, poetry, visual art, and movement. Participants learn traditional African arrangements, create original compositions, and bring contagious positivity to the region through song, verse, and service projects. They are currently adding Brazilian percussion to the mix, bringing it to the streets in a joyful noise!


Nature Consortium - Seattle, WA
www.naturec.org

Nature Consortium’s mission is to connect people, arts, and nature. They accomplish this through their Youth Art Program, annual Arts in Nature Festival, and Urban Forest Restoration Project. They blend art and music into every aspect of their work, from classes and performances to musicians playing for volunteers in the woods. Each year their programs engage more than 7,500 people, including more than 1,400 at-risk youth.


Old Town School of Music Wiggleworms - Chicago, IL
www.oldtownschool.org/classes/kids/wiggleworms/

Respected, historic Old Town School of Music, founded in 1957, is one of the grand daddies of community music schools. It continues to innovate! Jubilation Foundation funds their Wiggleworms in Residence partnership with the Carole Robertson Center for Learning. With heart and soul, the program focuses on three main components: weekly music engagement for children (ages 0-5); training and support for classroom teachers; and music enrichment activities for parents and families.


Play On Greater Olympia (POGO) - Olympia, WA
www.facebook.com/PlayOnGreaterOlympia

POGO is a community of young musicians guided by El Sistema of Venezuela. Through the power of music, students -- who wouldn't otherwise have access -- are given the tools to change their own life trajectory. This daily after-school orchestra program fosters self-esteem, confidence, and collaboration, and opens doors of opportunity through positive relationships and mentorship with peers and Teaching Artists.


Resounding Joy - San Diego, CA
www.resoundingjoyinc.org

Sound Minds, a music program for at-risk infants and their teenaged parents, promotes parenting and bonding skills, using interactive group songs and musical interventions; making music, happiness, and health, as well as resounding joy in every beat.


Rhode Island Fiddle Project - Pawtucket, RI
www.rifiddleproject.org

The Fiddle Project’s big idea is to cultivate leadership across generational lines by dancing together, and by learning, reinventing, and performing traditional fiddle tunes. They offer free music lessons and instruments, and host monthly community dances and fiddling celebrations. Fiddlers-in-Residence teach by ear and encourage peer-to-peer teaching and student leadership.


Skagit River Poetry Foundation - La Conner, WA
www.skagitriverpoetry.org

The Poetry Foundation trains teachers in Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Whatcom Counties to host poets for week-long residencies, giving students the opportunity to read, write, and perform with world renowned poets. Their culminating event is the biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival, going strong since 1998, with regional, national, and international poets in attendance.


Strings Attached - St. Louis, MO
www.stringsattached.info

Since 2009, Strings Attached has provided music education and, even more importantly, musical family to its young neighbors. They create performance and mentoring opportunities for youth (ages 5-17) in American roots music, while also providing space for recitals, workshops, and ensemble development. Kids learn the rudiments of music while experimenting with guitars, banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, washboards, and resonator instruments.


Totem Star - Seattle, WA
totemstar.org

Multimedia production is the hook that engages youth, builds trust, and offers life skills. Add a little social justice education, and you’ve got increased civic engagement, leadership development, and community building. Since 2010, Totem Star has partnered with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Neighborhood House, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture to empower youth who might otherwise slip through the cracks.


Turning the Wheel
www.turningthewheel.org

TTW is a national intergenerational dance/theatre company committed to the collaborative creation of works of art that are rooted in -- and restorative for -- the communities in which they perform. Entering their 25th year of service, having served over 70,000 youth in 25 different cities, they are dedicated to, and passionate about, employing the arts to foster self-esteem, appreciation of diversity, commitment to community, and communication and leadership skills among the nation's youth.


2012 Grantees


Arts Corps - Seattle, WA
www.artscorps.org

Founded in 2000, Arts Corps is a non-profit arts education organization dedicated to developing creative habits of mind in young people. The corps of teaching artists brings hands-on art classes -- including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, poetry -- to youth with little or no access to arts education, predominately children in low income communities of color. They are recipients of the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award.


Association of Teaching Artists - based in New York
www.teachingartists.com

ATA is a non-profit professional organization whose mission is to advocate for, support, strengthen, and serve artists from all disciplines who teach in schools and in the community. ATA will use the grant to document and preserve the knowledge and experience of professional Teaching Artists.


Arts In Reach - Portsmouth, NH
www.artsinreach.org

AIR envisions a world in which each girl is respected and supported. Through year-round performance and visual arts programming, AIR works to empower teenage girls through mentoring and the arts. Girls collaborate with arts educators, mentors and peers through the creative process. The grant will be used to sustain more than 135 year-round enrichment opportunities for under-served teenage girls of the Greater Seacoast of New Hampshire.


Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - Oakland, CA
www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org

Since 2008, BAGRC has offered afterschool and summer programs for diverse groups of girls ages 8-18. They are dedicated to empowering girls through music, and promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity, and collaboration. Girls attend music lessons, form bands, write songs, and perform, building confidence as they develop the creative, leadership, and teamwork skills that help them shine on stage as well as off.


Afro-Cuban Comparsa Project - Brooklyn, NY

Using collective teaching methods, four teaching artists bring an Afro-Cuban Comparsa, or Carnival, to the third, fourth, and fifth graders of P.S. 321. Weekly workshops for students include dance, percussion, and comparsa songs. At the end of the school year, everyone is encouraged to participate in the Comparsa procession as a dancer, musician, or both.


Community Action Marin - Marin, CA
www.camarin.org

Master drummer and folklorist "Baba" Mosheh Milon leads mindful drumming troupes after school. The troupes help elementary-school-age children develop concentration skills, self confidence, and group solidarity. Over the years, the drum troupes have become a source of community pride. The grant will help them expand the program to other underserved areas.


The Coolidge Youth Coalition - Coolidge, Arizona
www.facebook.com/CoolidgeYouthCoalition

Since 2009, CYC has provided youth leadership development and positive life choices for middle to high school age youth through their United Dance Crew – teaching hip hop, b-boing, stomping, break dancing, and choreography. The Crew performs at school assemblies, community events, and regional competitions. The grant makes it possible to offer free dance classes to youth 5-12 years old.


Everett Company Stage School - Providence, RI
www.everettri.org

Everett is a cross-disciplinary, cross-generational, and cross-cultural ensemble of dance and theater artists creating, performing, teaching, and engaging the community through the arts. They have a deep belief in collaboration, experimentation, and the artist’s role in creating a just, equitable, and joyous future.


Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona - Phoenix, AZ
www.freeartsaz.org

Free Arts uses many different creative arts to help heal abused, neglected, and homeless children who live in foster group homes, residential treatment centers, and shelters. Their 500+ volunteer-mentors work one-on-one with the kids, giving them self-confidence, and new ways of coping.


Hokulani Elementary School - Honolulu, HI
http://lilinote.k12.hi.us/SCHOOLS/D1/Hokulani/HokulaniHome.nsf

Art and culture are intertwined through the highly expressive dance and music of Hula. Project He pua laha'ole (a prized, rare blossom) immerses students in Hawaiian culture, language, music, and history, culminating in a performance for the community.


Living Arts/Southwest Dance - Detroit, MI
www.livingartsdetroit.org

Free and low-cost after-school dance classes are offered to students of all skills and abilities, especially at-risk youth ages 3-17. Reaching more than 800 students a year, Southwest Dance engages them in a transformative artistic practice for their own individual development, as well as for the health of the community.


Nature Consortium - Seattle, WA
www.naturec.org

Nature Consortium's mission is to connect people, arts, and nature. They accomplish this through their Youth Art Program, annual Arts in Nature Festival, and Urban Forest Restoration Project. They blend art and music into every aspect of their work, from classes and performances to musicians playing for volunteers in the woods. Each year their programs engage more than 7,500 people, including more than 1,400 at-risk youth.


North Branch School - Virginia
http://northbranchschool.wordpress.com/about/

Since 1983, the staff, parents, and students at North Branch School in Central Virginia have worked together to create an environment conducive to academic, artistic, social, and personal growth. Hands-on educational experiences for students ages 3-14 inspire curiosity, creativity, and cooperation. The grant will be used to create an outdoor drumming center.


Resounding Joy - San Diego, CA
www.resoundingjoyinc.org

Sound Minds, a music program for at-risk infants and their teenaged parents, promotes parenting and bonding skills, using interactive group songs and musical interventions; making music, happiness, and health, as well as resounding joy in every beat.


Rhode Island Fiddle Project - Pawtucket, Rhode Island
www.rifiddleproject.org

The Fiddle Project’s big idea is to cultivate leadership across generational lines by dancing together and by learning, reinventing, and performing traditional fiddle tunes. They offer free music lessons and instruments, and host monthly community dances and fiddling celebrations. Fiddlers-in-Residence teach by ear and encourage peer-to-peer teaching and student leadership.


The Roots of Music - New Orleans, LA
www.therootsofmusic.com

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping underprivileged New Orleans children (age 9-14), they provide year-round, tuition-free academic tutoring, mentorship, music education, instruments, transportation, and meals. Started in 2007, Roots has served more than 500 kids, representing more than 40 schools in Orleans Parish. Their student band, the Marching Crusaders, were selected to march in the New Year's Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena in 2013. The grant paid for their transportation.


Strings Attached - St. Louis, MO
www.stringsattached.info

Since 2009, Strings Attached has provided music education and musical family to neighborhood youth ages 5-17. They create performance and mentoring opportunities in American roots music, and provide space for recitals, workshops, ensemble development, and other musical outreach. Kids learn the rudiments of music while experimenting with guitars, banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, washboards, and resonator instruments. The grant will be used for lessons, instruments, CD development, and community performances.


Sound Kids Drum and Dance - Olympia, WA
www.soundkidsdrumanddance.org

SKDD believes that music holds the key for kids to feel connected and valued. They bring the rhythmic arts of drumming and dance into South Puget Sound schools by providing instruction, instruments, and ongoing support for teachers and others. They also help teachers create ensembles that draw on accessible music and dance traditions, allowing students to quickly gain the thrill of bringing joyful music and dance to their lives and their communities.


Turning the Wheel - based in Boulder, CO
www.turningthewheel.org

TtW is a nonprofit, intergenerational dance/theater company committed to the collaborative creation of works of art that are rooted in -- and restorative for -- the communities in which they perform. They are dedicated to, and passionate about, employing the arts to foster self-esteem, appreciation of diversity, commitment to community, and communication and leadership skills among the nation's youth. The grant was used to expand their base of facilitators and develop new material.


2011 Grantees


Bahama Village Music Program - Key West, FL
www.bvmpkw.org

One beloved music teacher, Mrs. Sanchez - who passed away at age 105 - inspired the Bahama Village Music Program (BVMP), which is committed to the mission of bringing music education to a diverse neighborhood in Key West. A partner with the Berklee City Music Network, BVMP utilizes student teachers and professionals to guide, inspire, and mentor kids in a variety of instruments, plus a choir, pan drum ensemble, and praise dance. Funds will give general support to this organization whose motto is "Make Joyful Noise".


Crosspulse, Inc. - Oakland, CA
www.crosspulse.com

Keith Terry and Crosspulse are a major spring at the headwaters of body percussion nationally. In 2008, Crosspulse premiered the first International Body Music Festival (IBMF) which has been going strong ever since. In conjunction with the next IBMF in San Francisco in November 2011, funds will be used to work in Oakland elementary schools, free workshops for teens, teacher training for music and classroom teachers, support of the Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble, and CD development.


Kid's Play NOLA - New Orleans, LA
www.hopestoneinc.org

With high energy and lots of heart, Kid's Play provides after-school learning opportunities and support services to at -risk children in conjunction with existing programs. Kid's Play brings music and dance, as well as theater, yoga, creative writing, and the visual arts, to an array of venues- in community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, after-school programs, and partners with the Tulane Dance Festival. Funds will be used to bring this energy and opportunity to kids throughout New Orleans.


Kennedy Heights Arts Center - Cincinnati. OH
www.kennedyarts.org

The Kennedy Heights Arts Center - created by the locals who banded together to save an historic building - has been a centerpiece for urban renewal in a neighborhood business district characterized by many vacant and distressed properties. Its mission is to enhance the life of surrounding communities through the arts, promoting interaction across generations, and cultural/economic groups. Funds will be used for a 4 -week arts residency, to build community through song, dance, and body percussion.


La Pinata - Jamaica Plain, MA
http://lapinata.org

For 23 years, La Pinata has worked to instill cultural awareness to Latino youth living in inner-city Boston. They provide these children concrete tools with which to overcome personal and community obstacles, and offer a wide array of activities and support. The powerful team of teachers is led by founder and artistic director Rosalba Solis, who "ignites a joy for learning and life". Funds will aid the on-going skill building of youth from 5 to 14 in folkloric dancing and performing.


Old Town School of Music Wiggle Worms - Chicago, IL
www.oldtownschool.org

Respected, historic Oldtown School of Music, founded in 1957, is one of the grand daddies of community music centers. It continues to innovate! Jubilation Foundation is funding their Wiggleworms in Residence partnership with the Carole Robertson Center for Learning. With heart and soul, the program focuses on three main components: weekly music engagement for children (ages 0-5); training and support for classroom teachers; and music enrichment activities for parents and families.


Tangled Tones - Missoula, MT
www.tangledtones.com

Tangle Tones threads its offerings throughout the city of Missoula in a variety of venues and for a wide age range. Offerings include world rhythm classes for children 5 and up, workshops in public schools K-12, and work in daycare centers. Funds will help keep the wheels oiled for the many opportunities Tangled Tones creates to move and groove in Missoula.


Roots of Music - New Orleans, LA
www.therootsofmusic.com

Roots of Music is a tuition free afterschool and summer music education and academic mentoring program for youth from 9-14. It's available to all students but participation is contingent on maintaining a 2.5 GPA in school. It has a long waiting list of students wanting in and has had great musical and academic success with its current students. Funds will be used to help create an all-city, nationally recognized marching band!


Turning the Wheel - Boulder, CO
www.turningthewheel.org

Turning the Wheel (TTW) is an intergenerational dance/theater company committed to the collaborative creation of works of art that are root in - and restorative for - the communities in which they perform. They are the veterans of over 20 years of experience in how to make diverse populations feel comfortable in their bodies and with each other. Funds will be used to help expand their base of Turning the Wheel facilitators, capacity building for affiliate infrastructure, and the development of new material through which to work their magic.


ZUMIX - Boston, MA
www.zumix.org

The mission of Zumix is to empower youth 7-18 who use music to make strong, positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world. They serve over 350 youth directly and more than 6,000 through workshops, concerts, and community events. Funds will be used for SPROUTS, geared for children 7-11 and will include a chorus, ensemble work, and theater. These children will perform on site at ZUMIX, and bring their skills, pride, and energy to long-term care facilities, day cares, and community events.


2010 Grantees


Arcadia Elementary - Kalamazoo, MI

Over a period of many years, music teacher Mary Foster has collected the skills and built the team of resources leading her to create "Drumagination", an all-school drumming program, where students will build skills on a weekly basis in their general music classes then pour their expertise and joy to school and community events. Jubilation Foundation funds will help to purchase the instruments and pay for professional percussionists to work with the lucky students and committed teachers at Arcadia Elementary.


International Bluegrass Music Museum - Owensboro, KY
www.bluegrass-museum.org

Founded in 1991, the mission of the IBMM is to develop and maintain an environment in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass music. Funds from the Jubilation Foundation will support "Bluegrass in the Schools" project, which includes instruments and up to 8-day residencies in 23 fortunate schools in the area. Funds will also help support the energetic, foot-stompin' Saturday classes at the Museum.


Capoeira Chicago - Chicago, IL
www.gingartecapoeira.org

The over arching goal of this group is to share and pass down the legacy and tradition of the art of capoeira - an historic mix of music and motion and courage - in the city of Chicago through inclusive, affordable, and accessible programming. Jubilation Foundation funds will strengthen the Capoeira outreach efforts, reaching and supporting children in underserved parts of the city, enabling new students to experience what it means to build confidence and strong bodies through muscles moving to rhythm, in a circle of fellow humans.


Dimensions Dance - Oakland, CA
www.dimensionsdance.org

Since 1972, Dimensions Dance has achieved recognition for its presentation of traditional African dances and other dance forms. Jubilation Foundation funds will support the Rights of Passage program, offering approximately 850 Oakland students year-round access to dance for joy and health, in school and out-of-school, drawing on the contagious energy of hip hop, West African dance, and tap.


Downtown Greens - Fredericksburg,VA
www.downtowngreens.org

The mission of Downtown Greens is to stimulate personal and community growth by involving individuals in a community garden - on 3 acres of land reclaimed from its former role as neighborhood dump! In effort to encourage environmental awareness and selfexpression, Downtown Greens created Marenje Marimba, a joyful local marimba band. Jubilation Foundation funds will go to their Summer Intensive Project, where they will partner with the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club and the local Step Team and seek to share and collaborate in their hard-won piece of paradise.


Enriching Lives Through Music - Larkspur, CA
www.enrichinglivesthroughmusic.org

This young and determined organization seeks to make high quality music education available to children who have a passion for music but lack access to instruments and teachers for music making at the entry level. Jubilation Foundation funds will help to build capacity for this organization to grow and thrive. A recent note from a student to the program's founder said, "Dear Miss Jane, do you know I'm crazy about music and I don't know why?"


Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities, Inc. - Grand Rapids, MI
www.gaah.org

Since 1999, this organization has sought to transform lives in the Grandville Avenue neighborhood (where currently 95% of students from the area qualify for free or reduced lunch) through reading and the arts and by celebrating the area's cultural richness. Jubilation Foundation funds will help Grandville Ave Arts and Humanities deliver its two 12-week and one 6-week after school programs in music and dance, as well as partner with a local folkloric dance troupe, bringing the good stuff to the kids in this community.


Only Make Believe, Inc. - New York, NY
www.onlymakebelieve.org

Only Make Believe creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities through 6-week series per facility. Jubilation Foundation funds will support its work in the Bronx-Lebanaon Child Study Center. They seek to help chronically ill children in the healing process to feel fully alive by filling hospital rooms with song, dance, movement, and laughter.


Walla Walla Symphony - Walla Walla, WA
www.wwsymphony.org

The oldest continuously operating orchestra west of the Mississippi is committed to staying with the times! Jubilation Foundation funds will be used for Taking It to the Kids and their Rock and Roll Camp, with the hope of expanding the camp's instruments and expertise in world music music and dance.


2009 Grantees


Destiny Arts - Oakland, CA

Started in 1988, Destiny has grown over the years from a small storefront facility into a thriving organization with a staff of 28. It will use Jubilation Foundation funds for its "Growing Peaceful Warriors" program of after school, weekend and summer classes in martial arts, dance, and theater. This work was recently featured on Channel ABC - 7 in a "Focus on Solutions" segment.


Educational Mentoring Through the Arts & Humanities - West Chester, PA

EMTAH has sought best practices for working with underserved children since 1995. Grant money will be used to add more students to its long-term instruction programs in piano, bass, guitar, drum, ensembles, dance, and poetry. In addition, they will continue to develop and refine a unique evaluation system to assess students in areas of self-esteem, relationship to significant others, classroom performance and behavior, goal attainment, and graduation rate.


Irving Elementary School - Sioux City, IA

Nationally Board Certified Teacher Karen Bourne, still reaching and stretching after 30 years of teaching, seeks to fill the mission of Sioux City Public Schools through the World Music Drumming, a pedagogy developed by Dr.Will Schmid. She will deepen the two year old "Irving Beat" program through this school-wide, cross curriculum program, with the help of former Jubilation Fellow Paul Corbiere.


YMusic of the Missoula YMCA - Missoula, MT

Music and Y.M.C.A? We know what you're thinking. But imagine this: affordable group classes, ensembles, workshops, camps, and community jams in YMCA's across the country. Missoula's YMusic is helping lead the way. Grant funds will be used to add middle school ensembles and an intergenerational choir to the rest of the offerings, which include beginning electric guitar, drumming and percussion, choir, and classes for toddlers and pre-schoolers.


Oldtown School of Folk Music -Chicago, IL

Beloved, respected, historic Oldtown School of Music, founded in 1957, continues to innovate. Jubilation Foundation is funding the 10 year old Wiggleworms in Residence partnership with the Carole Robertson Center for Learning. The program focuses on three main components: weekly music engagement for children (ages 0-5); training and support for classroom teachers; and music enrichment activities for parents and families.


Turning the Wheel - Boulder, CO

From 20 years of effort, experimentation, and accomplishments in connecting adults and children through dance and theater, Turning the Wheel emerged from a 5 day retreat with this mission: train more adults in their methods so that more children can be reached. The Jubilation Foundation will help them in their goal of training 1,000 new facilitators through workshops in Los Angeles, Boulder, San Francisco, and Missoula.


Village Free School - Portland, OR

The Village Free School is a ground breaking, non-profit in Portland focused on fostering and celebrating youth leadership and community. They will use Jubilation Foundation funds to increase their visibility - through joyous celebration with local musicians and dancers - and to expand their instrument library.


2008 Grantees


Downtown Greens - Fredericksburg, VA
www.downtowngreens.org

Founded in 1985, Downtown Greens is an out-reach facility which stimulates personal and community growth by involving individuals in a community garden, a 3 acre area (formerly used as a neighborhood dump) located in a low-income housing district. This grant will help build community through support Marenje, a children's outdoor performance marimba group. Classes will be twice a week, from November 2007 through March 2008. Money will be used to pay for instructors, marketer, videographer, a bass marimba and T-shirts, bringing sonic goodness to their little paradise.


Turning the Wheel - national program based in Boulder, CO
www.turningthewheel.com

Since 1989, Turning the Wheel has worked with youngsters of diverse backgrounds, often inner-city and "last chance" high schools, to encourage creative self-expression using dance and theater as teaching tools, as experts work with non-experts in residencies over a several weeks to several months period. This grant will expand Turning the Wheel's outreach in Missoula, MT, Lawrence/Andover, MA, and Cedar Rapids, IA, with the communities' production of Nearly Invisible.


Roots of Music - New Orleans, LA
www.therootsofmusic.com

The Roots of Music has a vision of great proportions, matching the need in New Orleans. Despite its place in the U.S. as the headwaters for jazz, there are no current programs to address the need for consistent, year-round instruction for children 9-14 with no prior training. With a two pilot programs under their belt, Roots is offering an after-school program for the 2008-09 school year, 2 hours per week per day, aiming for 3 levels of instruction, with advanced students auditioning for the citywide Root Crusaders marching band, creating a ripple effect of joy as they march with the Krewe of Bacchus in Mardi Gras 2009. This $10,000 grant will go to pay for teachers.


Ethos Music Center - Portland and rural Oregon
www.ethos.org

The mission of Ethos Music Center is to promote music and music-based education for youth in underserved communities. Through strategic community partnerships, Ethos has reached thousands of students through work at their headquarters in Portland and through two programs: Music Corps, an urban outreach that sets up after-school classes, workshops at schools and community centers, and Music Across Oregon, bringing year long residencies to rural schools throughout Oregon. This grant will support in-school music camps in the towns of Boardman, Irrigon, and Elkton and two week-long residencies in Portland.


Attitudinal Healing - Oakland, CA
www.ahc-oakland.org

Founded in 1989, Attitudinal Healing works to eliminate violence by supporting creative and educational programs in West Oakland. One of its founders is Kokomon Clottey, drummer, Ghanian and author of Mindful Drumming, who also directs the ArtEsteem program which served approximately 3,000 children in the 2007-2008 school year. With this grant, they will expand their Cultural Arts program: purchase 50 drums, 100 uniforms and provide 25 weeks of drumming skills and emotional literacy for 100 students, working toward synchrony and inclusion.


















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