2015 Grantees

ARC Alliance / One Love Community Circle – Mishawaka, IN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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