Contact: Jonathan Terry, Young Musicians Foundation Teaching Artist Program Director
Date: July 16, 2015 at 12pm
“Artists in Schools” Grant
Funds will help local students succeed through arts education
The Artists in Schools program supports projects that integrate community arts resources—artists and professional art organizations—into comprehensive, standards-based arts learning projects for California’s students.
YMF’s Teaching Artist Program (TAP) exists to increase access and equity of quality music education to children in underserved areas of Los Angeles. Its purpose is to enhance students’ cognitive, emotional and academic skills, instilling a lifelong participation in the arts, and improving their chances for success in life. During the 2015–16 school year, the YMF’s Teaching Artist Program – Arts in the School Project will serve a cohort of students (PreK–8) at four schools during school hours or after school. Students will engage in tuition-free music instruction in instruments and music appreciation classes at Para Los Niños Gratts Primary Center, Lennox Middle School, Sacred Heart Elementary School, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School.
The TAP-AIS Project is part of YMF’s overall TAP at 9 or more sites next year. The program will be divided into three components: 1) Early Childhood (PreK–K); 2) General Music (Grades 1–3); and 3) Instrumental Instruction & Performance (Grades 4–8) specifically keyboards, harp, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, violin, cello, flute and guitar. Dr. Victoria Stevens will serve as Director of Curriculum and Research to provide trainings on social-emotional skills, critical and creative thinking skills, literacy, and instrumental pedagogy for the teaching artists, as well as professional development for school site teachers and parent groups.
“Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) is honored to be amongst the grantees for the Artists in Schools Grant Program 2015-2016, “ said Julia Gaskill, Executive Director of YMF. “The generous support, and more importantly the distinguished recognition from the California Arts Council, inspires all of us at YMF’s Teaching Artist Program to build upon our efforts of bringing the highest quality musical instrument and vocal instruction to PreK-8th grade students with a focus on creative and critical thinking, as well as emotional and social skills linked to the students’ other academic subjects.”
“California Arts Council grants support a wide range of projects that are crafted by each community to reflect their values and needs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “It is always exciting to see what creative minds attempt to do when working collaboratively. With an increased state investment, we are able to further spark the powerful growth and prosperity that result from the deep arts engagement provided by our grant programs.”
To view a complete listing of all Artists in Schools grantees, visit http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.
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Young Musicians Foundation exists to unify communities through exceptional classical music experiences for youth. We provide opportunities for youth of all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds to develop their abilities and passion for music during the pivotal early years of their careers. By nurturing creativity and emotional expression through classical music, we enrich quality of life. YMF strives to expand current audiences and develop future ones by creating greater access to exceptional musical experiences. Our eight interconnected music programs provide an introduction to musical instruments and technique in addition to scholarships and performance opportunities for advanced students. Visit www.ymf.org for more information.
The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.