2020 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, and homework help. They wish for students to be safe and healthy, graduate high school, pursue higher learning, and find careers they love. Funding supports programs in South King County. 

Arts Corps – Seattle, WA 

Founded in 2000, Arts Corps is an 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 classes in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and 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. 

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 musical opportunities to more than 350 children in grades K-5. Funding supports Collective Composition and Creative Play, 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 (age 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 workshops for students aged 4-94 in dance, music, writing, visual and performing arts, as well as Native American arts and culture. 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 general operations. 

Coyote Central – Seattle, WA

In the past 30 years, Coyote has engaged over 17,000 young people ages 10-15 in creative opportunities 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 general operations. 

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 general operations.

Funhouse Commons – Orcas Island, WA

A youth-focused community center, Funhouse provides out-of-school programming and expanded learning opportunities for island children and teens age birth to 18. 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 activities for K-12 students, with a focus on those with differing abilities, as well as English language learners. Funding supports general operations. 

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 free music workshops for youth, offering access to instruments, equipment, and music mentors. Funding supports general operations.

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 general operations. 

Orquesta Northwest – Seattle, WA 

Formerly Young Strings Project Outreach, they provide 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 performance. Their Teaching Artists are committed to social justice and inclusion, instructing in both Spanish and English. Funding supports general operations.

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 summer camp for ages 14-18. 

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, and method books. Funding supports general operations. 

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 

Founded by Jubilation Fellow Steve Housewright, they provide opportunities for ages 5-17 in American Roots music. 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 general operations. 

Totem Star – Seattle, WA 

Co-founded by Jubilation Fellow Daniel Pak, Totem Star employs multimedia production to engage youth, build trust, and offer 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 music industry professionals. Funding supports general operations. 

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 Tucker Arts Camp. 

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. 

Yakima Music en Acción – Yakima, WA

YAMA empowers, inspires, and energizes children and their families through ensemble-based music education. Programs include strings, percussion, dancing, singing, and music theory games. 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. Funding supports general operations. 

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 general operations.

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