2013 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. 

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. 

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. They provide a much-needed network for communication, connection, and the exchange of resources. 

Attitudinal Healing Connection – Oakland, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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.

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