National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $40,000 to Education Through Music for its Bronx Partner School Program to serve 11,000 students in 18 of its Bronx schools with a comprehensive music education program during the 2016-17 school year. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.
“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” says NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from Education Through Music offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”
“ETM is thrilled to be one of the organizations to receive this generous grant,” says ETM Executive Director Katherine Damkohler. “The money we receive from this award will support ETM’s Bronx Partner School Program with a mission to provide quality music education to all students served.”
The project will serve over 11,000 students in 18 inner-city elementary schools and middle schools in the Bronx, NY during the 2016-17 school year. Activities in this continuing, yearlong program will include skills- and standards-based instruction of students by qualified music instructors; customized, ongoing training and professional development for music teachers, classroom teachers, and principals; outreach to parents and the community; and ongoing assessment. The project aims to support student learning in music and other academic areas, to enhance students’ general development, and to build capacity among school and community members to sustain music programs.