2017 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. Their corps of teaching artists (including Jubilation Fellows Eduardo MendonçaDaniel PakRayann OnzukaRobert Eyerman) 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. 

Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre – Medford, OR 

Ritmo Alegre teaches and performs traditional regional folkdances from many states of Mexico and serves dancers and audiences throughout Jackson County. Their mission is to empower youth through dance and to educate them as cultural ambassadors in their diverse community. Funding supports expansion. 

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp – Oakland, CA 

Since 2008, BAGRC has offered after-school and summer programs for girls ages 8-18. They are dedicated to empowering girls through music, and promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity, and collaboration. BAGRC challenges gender stereotypes, encourages tolerance, and provides a comfortable space for people of all backgrounds to express themselves. Girls attend music lessons, form bands, write songs, and perform. Funding supports general operations. 

The Bridge Music Project – Olympia, WA

The Bridge was founded in 2014 by Jubilation Fellow Bobby Williams to show at-risk youth (ages 14-21) how music and writing can be used as tools to deal with life’s challenges. Community songwriting workshops offer them the chance to write, collaborate, record, and perform original music. Funding supports general operations. 

Broadway Center for Performing Arts – Tacoma, WA

The Broadway Center runs one of the largest arts education programs in the state, serving 50,000 learners every year. Founded in 1979, their mission is to energize community through live performance. Funding supports arts integrated cultural immersion programs, led by Jubilation Fellow Antonio Gómez and team, offering Ballet Folklórico, Theater, and World Drumming classes and performances. 

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, as well as artist faculty and manager salaries. Teaching Artists include Jubilation Fellows Caroline OakleyEduardo Mendonça, and Robert Eyerman

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 potential. Funding supports performing arts programming. 

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. 

Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe – Portland, OR

Kúkátónón means “We Are One” in the Kpelle language of Liberia, and is a tuition-free, after-school, arts learning program that connects low-income youth to the cultural traditions of West Africa through music and dance. Funding supports the project, Looking Upward, Reaching Backward, Dancing Forward. 

Latino Network – Portland, OR

The Network was founded in 1996 by those who grew concerned about the lack of adequate resources to meet the needs of the growing Latino community. Low achievement scores, youth violence, and high drop-out rates undermined the community’s potential. They promote early literacy, encourage parent involvement, work with gang-involved and adjudicated youth and families, and provide academic support and activities to high-schoolers. Funding supports the Ballet Folklórico program for ages 6-18. 

Melrose Elementary Parent Teacher Action Network – Roseburg, OR

Melrose has been a part of its rural community for more than a century. PTAN is committed to enriching the experiences of students through the expansion of music education. Funding supports beginning strings classes, pitched percussion and African drumming ensembles, and the purchase of buckets, ukuleles, and hand chimes for the music classroom. 

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 Education & Performing Artists Association – Eugene, OR

MEPAA provides music education and supportive arts resources in safe spaces that empower artistic exploration. Each year they host 100 free drop-in music workshops for youth, offering access to instruments, equipment, and music mentors. Funding supports expansion. 

My Voice Music – Portland, OR

MVM was founded in 2008 in a mental health treatment center, in order to give youth access to writing, recording, and performing music as a tool for coping, healing, and thriving. Funding supports The Artist Mentorship Program, which includes rock camps, weekly songwriting classes and hip-hop labs, workshops, advanced group study, individual lessons, and regular performances. They also provide dedicated sessions for unaccompanied migrant youth in foster care. 

1 World Chorus – Lake Oswego, OR

Directed by Jubilation Fellow Aaron Nigel Smith, 1 World Chorus is committed to promoting peace, while empowering children and communities around the world through music. Since 2009, more than 3000 students from the USA, Kenya, and Jamaica have participated in collaborative drumming, chorus, recording and multimedia projects. Funding supports the Songs & Rhythms of Peace Residency. 

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. 

Right Brain Initiative / Regional Arts & Culture Council – Portland, OR

Right Brain provides a platform for arts-integrated learning for K-8 students throughout the tri-county region, regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic standing. By pairing classroom teachers with teaching artists and providing school-wide artist residencies, they deliver creative learning experiences that infuse the arts into core curriculum and engage students as active learners, improving academic outcomes, and developing creative and critical thinking. Funding supports expansion. 

Rogue World Music – Ashland, OR

Founded in 2009, RWM brings the world home to their community through music and dance performances by local and visiting artists, educational offerings for all ages with master teachers, and community sings and folkdances. Funding supports Sing South Africa!, a two-week music and movement residency in Central Point. 

ROSE Community Development – Portland, OR

An affordable housing organization, ROSE is committed to equity, social and environmental justice, and addressing racial and ethnic disparities. Funding supports a community music center in the Lents neighborhood, and — in collaboration with HOLLA Mentoring — a free music education, production, and performance program for a culturally diverse group of low-income youth. 

Salem Keizer Education Foundation – Salem, OR

SKEF provides 43,000 students with programs that improve academic success, and break the cycles of hunger and poverty. In their Kinetic Kids curriculum, students use music and movement to learn about different cultures around the world. They make their own instruments and learn different styles of dance. Other activities include Drum Circle Monologues and Sculpting Stories. 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. Funding supports the Sounds of Soul Mass Choir, and The Jam, which gives students a platform to discuss culturally specific topics, then transform those ideas and discussions into spoken word, music, and expressive dance. 

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. 

Strings Attached – St. Louis and Ferguson, MO 

Strings Attached provides 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 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 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. 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. 

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. 

Yakima Music en Acción – Yakima, WA

YAMA empowers, inspires, and energizes children and their families through ensemble-based music education. A daily after-school program lead by a team of local Teaching Artists, programs include strings, percussion, dancing, singing, and music theory games. Funding supports a collaboration with the Central Washington University percussion team. 

YMCA Powerful Schools – Seattle, WA

Powerful Schools is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap by creating 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. 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 Strings Project Outreach – Seattle, WA 

Since 2006, Young Strings has provided free instruction for hundreds of under-served youth. In 2014, they began offering a free World Youth Orchestra program to immigrant and refugee youth. Participants learn instrumental technique, music theory, and ensemble performance. Their Teaching Artists are committed to social justice and inclusion in music education, instructing in both Spanish and English. Funding supports expansion of the program. 

Young Women Empowered – Seattle, WA

Y-WE encourages 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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