2016 Grantees

ARC Alliance / One Love Community Circle – Mishawaka, IN

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

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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 

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

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

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 

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

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

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. 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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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