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MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education 2013 - 2014 Grantees

On behalf of MetLife Foundation, the National Guild for Community Arts Education awarded 12 grants totaling $215,000 to the following members to support exemplary partnerships between public schools and nonprofit community arts education organizations during the 2013-2014 school year:
92nd Street Y School of the Arts, New York, NY (Dance, Music, Theater & Visual Art)
92nd Street Y’s Schools Partnership Program provides over 3,200 students at eight New York City public schools with at least 21 weeks of customized ceramics, music, dance, theater, chorus, digital design, and visual arts program each year. In addition to receiving high-caliber professional development, classroom teachers will participate in monthly planning sessions with teaching artists to deliver excellent instruction connected to the Common Core curriculum in a variety of artistic disciplines. After-school scholarships will be offered to select students in dance, music, and visual arts. Free music and dance performances, art exhibitions, and workshops for students and their families will be held at 92Y.
Arts Corps, Seattle, WA (Dance, Theater & Visual Art)
Arts Corps’ Creative Schools Initiative (CSI) brings multidisciplinary, student inquiry and project-based arts learning to 6-8th graders in marginalized communities in Seattle. The CSI program focuses on long-term collaboration between classroom teachers and teaching artists to plan and deliver arts-based units that are rooted in Common Core standards. Teachers, teaching artists, and AmeriCorps artists-in-service will participate in weekly meetings as well as professional development workshops to deliver high-quality, integrative arts experiences to over 250 middle school students. Students also will help develop exhibitions and performances, promoting a rich arts culture in school as well as in their community.
artworkxLA, Los Angeles, CA (Visual Art)
artworxLA is an arts-based dropout prevention program serving high-risk teenagers enrolled at 25 Los Angeles alternative high schools. Approximately 650 teenagers who are at high risk of dropping out of school will receive multidisciplinary, sequential arts workshops led by professional artists that will culminate in public exhibitions at cultural partner sites including Los Angeles Central Library, The Skirball Center, and UCLA's Art and Global Health Center. Strong partnerships with participating districts and select cultural institutions are at the core of artworxLA programs. Teaching artists, workshop coordinators, and cultural partners will work closely together to develop topic-based curriculum for teens that connect their work in the classroom to artistic offerings around the city.
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn, NY (Music) 
The Brooklyn Conservatory’s Music Partners program is one of the largest arts-in-education programs in New York City, bringing comprehensive, weekly music instruction to 3,900 students in 19 public schools that are located mostly in low-income and underserved neighborhoods. Through increased professional development and co-planning between teaching artists and classroom teachers, further development of an Arts Committee, and joint fundraising efforts, BCM will deepen its partnerships with four public schools and provide early childhood music and movement instruction to over 1,000 students.
Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN (Theater)
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) brings Neighborhood Bridges, an immersive storytelling theatre arts program, to over 400 elementary school students in six public schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Each week, CTC teaching artists will lead a two-hour session and work with classroom teachers to engage students in explorations of familiar children’s literature through theatre, language, and writing games, sparking discussions on hidden issues in classic stories and re-inventing/performing stories to uncover new perspectives. Neighborhood Bridges students will also attend a free performance at CTC as well as develop and perform an original play for 2,000 family members and friends at the Crossing Bridges festival.
City Lore, New York, NY (Dance, Music, Theater & Visual Art)
City Lore’s Arts-in-Place highlights the immigrant traditions and histories of many cultures represented in New York City public schools while supporting the National Standards in social studies, literacy, and the arts. Partnering with three elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens, Arts-in-Place will provide over 400 students with multi-disciplinary, multicultural programs that engage them in creative and academic explorations of their diverse cultures and neighborhoods.
Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB), now in its 103rd year, is an accredited non-profit music school that serves more than 7,000 students in Boston’s multicultural South End. CMCB has been partnering with the Boston Public Schools since 1978 to close the system-wide gap in arts instruction and has launched partnerships in more than 70 schools in the past three decades. Through its Crescendo program, CMCB will deepen partnerships with four Boston Public schools and bring high-caliber, sequential instruction in general music, instrumental ensembles, chorus, dance and drama to more than 1,200 students in grades K-5.
DreamYard Project, New York, NY (Dance, Theater & Visual Art)
The DreamYard Project is the largest arts education provider in the Bronx, working closely with some of the most under-resourced and vulnerable schools in the country. DreamYard strives to offer continuous and innovative arts programming along a K-12th grade pathway model with an emphasis on in-school residency for teaching artists and professional development for arts and classroom teachers. In 2013-2014, DreamYard will add four residencies at two Bronx public high schools and extend its year-long visual art, dance, media art, and theatre programs to 360 additional students.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Chicago, IL (Dance)
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Focus Schools Initiative provides weekly dance classes and professional performances to 700 students in grades K-6 in Chicago public schools. The Focus Schools Initiative will also enable two elementary schools to craft multi-year, school-wide dance programs, taking the partnership from a short-term residency model to a long-term collaboration, in which Hubbard Street teaching artists are considered part of each school’s faculty. The program will include professional development for classroom teachers and teaching artists as well as professional performances in schools and at the Harris Theater to connect students and teachers to the world of dance.
Living Arts, Detroit, MI (Dance, Music, Theater & Visual Art)
Living Arts will expand its El Arte Partners project to reach five Detroit public schools and engage over 1,100 students in outstanding sequential standards-based arts education that supports their English language arts, math, science, and social studies learning. Teaching artists will collaborate with classroom teachers to engage and assess students in pantomime/theater, music, dance, visual arts, and poetry-performance. Trained artists and collaborating teachers will provide quality arts education specific to their students’ academic and developmental needs and help engage parents in their children’s projects to support thriving arts-infused schools.
Luna Dance Institute, Berkeley, CA (Dance)
Luna Dance Institute is building cultures of dance at three model arts education programs at low-performing schools in Oakland Unified School District. Using a professional development model that focuses on the artist-teacher partnership, Luna Dance will bring weekly, standards-based dance classes to approximately 400 K-8th grade students. Classroom teachers will support dance learning in their classrooms by integrating dance into other content areas, and the parents will be engaged in the curriculum through family dance classes, parent newsletters, and dance showings at assemblies and special events.
Performing Arts Workshop, San Francisco, CA (Dance & Theater)
For nearly five decades, Performing Arts Workshop has been helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and essential learning skills through artist residencies in schools and community centers. Recently, we have developed an initiative to focus on depth of programming with committed school partners. In the 2013-2014 school year, Performing Arts Workshop will deepen partnerships with three San Francisco public schools serving more than 500 students in grades 3-5. We will conduct year-long in-school and after school artist residencies and teacher coaching to support collaboration and arts integration. The Workshop will pair teaching artists with classroom teachers to develop student learning through modern dance, Afro-Peruvian dance, and theater arts.


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