2019 Grantees

After-School All-Stars – Seattle, WA

ASAS provides free programs for middle schoolers from under-resourced schools in low-income communities — including dance, STEM, culinary arts, homework help, and fieldtrips. Their vision is for students to be safe and healthy, graduate high school, pursue higher learning, and find careers they love. Funding supports after-school dance programs in South King County. 

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 (“joyful rhythms”) teaches and performs traditional regional folkdances from Mexico. Their mission is to empower youth through dance, and to educate them as cultural ambassadors in their communities. Funding supports general operations. 

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp – Oakland, CA 

BAGRC offers after-school and summer programs for girls ages 8-18. They are dedicated to 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. 

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 to more than 350 children in grades K-5. Funding supports Collective Composition and Creative Play, a vibrant, high-energy program where students are taught to jam with each other, find grooves, and compose. 

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 the chance to write, collaborate, record, and perform original music. Funding supports general operations. 

Centrum – Port Townsend, WA

Centrum produces residential workshops in dance, music, writing, visual and performing arts, as well as Native American arts and culture for students aged 4-94. Classes culminate in celebratory performances for the general public. Funding provides scholarships for students in grades 5-12 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

Cocoon House – Everett, WA

Cocoon House works to break the cycle of youth homelessness through outreach, housing, and prevention. Their free music education, production, and performance program for ages 12-24 offers the joy and healing that comes from creative expression. Funding supports new equipment and expanded public performance opportunities. 

Coyote Central – Seattle, WA

In the past 30 years, Coyote has engaged over 17,000 young people ages 10-15 in hands-on creativity with professional artists, musicians, dancers, fashion designers, playwrights, furniture makers, and chefs. By designing and creating their own projects with the guidance of role models, kids just beginning to figure out who they are and what they want to do in the world discover their talents and potential. Funding supports performing arts programming. 

Ethos – Portland, OR

Founded in 1998, Ethos provides music lessons, multicultural performances, and workshops to thousands of students every year. They believe that all kids, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location, deserve access to music education. The President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities named Ethos one of the top 50 after-school arts programs in the United States. Funding supports music lessons in 14 low-income schools in the Portland area.

The Funhouse Commons – Orcas Island, WA

A youth-focused community center, The Funhouse provides out-of-school programming and expanded learning opportunities for island children and teens age birth to 18. Funding supports scholarships for the Music Together program, which connects young children and their care providers with weekly access to music, movement, and instrument play. 

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-school0 arts learning program that connects low-income youth to the cultural traditions of West Africa through music and dance. Funding supports their project, Looking Upward, Reaching Backward, Dancing Forward. 

Latino Network – Portland, OR 

The Network was founded in 1996 by those concerned by the low achievement scores, youth violence, and high drop-out rates that undermined their community’s potential. They work with gang-involved and adjudicated youth and families, provide academic support and activities to high-school students, encourage parental involvement, and promote early literacy. Funding supports the Ballet Folklórico program for ages 6-18. 

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 uses music and long-term mentoring to help youth find and share their voices. Funding supports The Artist Mentorship Program, which includes rock camps, weekly songwriting classes and hip-hop labs, workshops, advanced group study, individual lessons, and performances. They also provide dedicated sessions for unaccompanied migrant youth seeking asylum, and for 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.

Portland Meet Portland – Portland, OR

PMP was founded to highlight the assets that immigrants and refugees bring to their new homes – their stories, resilience, and culture – by offering opportunities for learning and exchange. Funding supports their annual Pass the Mic Music Camp, which helps 50 youth from five continents express themselves by creating original music. 

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

Right Brain provides a platform for arts-integrated learning for K-8 students, 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 and whole-school, site-based professional development for classroom teachers. 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls – Portland, OR

Founded in 2001, their mission is to empower the voices of cis-women and girls, as well as transgender and gender-expansive folks, through the power of music creation and performance. Their programs include songwriting, performing, and social justice workshops. Funding supports Roaming Rock Camp, a mobile band practice and performance space. 

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. 

Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra – Seattle, WA

SWOJO is a non-profit formed in 2000 to nurture the musical, educational, and artistic growth of individual musicians; to encourage women and girls to become involved in jazz performance/composition as a career or avocation; and to foster community interest in and appreciation of jazz as an art form. Funding supports the Girls Jazz Band program for middle school students. 

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 their songs. Funding supports general operations. 

Strings Attached – St. Louis and Ferguson, MO 

Strings Attached provides music education and 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. Funding supports expenses and salaries. 

Tacoma Arts Live – Tacoma, WA

Formerly The Broadway Center, they run 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 their youth cultural immersion program, led by Jubilation Fellow Antonio Gómez and team, offering Ballet Folklórico, Theater, and World Drumming.

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 general operations. 

Totem Star – Seattle, WA 

Co-founded by Jubilation Fellow Daniel Pak, Totem Star employs multimedia production as the hook that engages youth, builds trust, and offers life skills. Using the model of a record label, youth compose and record songs, perform at events they plan and produce, and receive mentoring from touring artists and music industry professionals. Funding supports general operations. 

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. 

Tucker Maxon – Portland, OR

A private non-profit elementary school that co-enrolls deaf and hearing children, their mission is to teach children to listen, talk, and achieve excellence together. Spoken language education is the focus, with art and music programs an integral part of the curriculum. Funding supports the music program. 

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. 

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 

Young Strings provides free music instruction for under-served youth. Since 2014, they have offered 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, 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 Dance-Move-Live program.

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