2012 Grantees

Arts Corps – Seattle, WA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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