NJPAC & NPS Announce $450,000 Grant in Support of Arts Education for Newark Students

njcom$450K grant will introduce Newark students to NJPAC | A grant awarded to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center will “significantly increase” the number of Newark students invited to attend performances and assemblies, allowing them to experience the arts in their home city…The two-year grant, taken from what’s left of the $100 million donation given to Newark Public Schools by Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan in 2010, seeks to boost performance and assembly from about 15,000 to 24,000 participants…”Our district’s partnership with NJPAC is a pivotal step toward ensuring that all Newark students are able to explore a variety of learning opportunities that will enhance their educational journey,” NPS Superintendent Christopher D. Cerf said… In addition to helping students…the grant will also provide professional development programs for 183 arts teachers from 64 schools throughout the district. The eight-day training will include sessions on instructional strategies, led by professional artists and other teachers. On Wednesday, teachers gathered for their first professional development training experience with NJPAC, which included curriculum workshops in the morning and arts discipline workshops on the “Creative Process” in the afternoon. (NJ.com, 10/26/16)

wbgoNewark Schools Announce Arts Education Grant | A new grant is giving kids in Newark, a leg up when it comes to arts education. The $450,000 grant, awarded by the Community Foundation of New Jersey and through a partnership with NJPAC, will enable thousands of Newark students to experience live, dance, theatre, and musical performances both in and outside the classroom…The grant will also provide development and training for nearly 200 district art teachers led by professional artists and musicians. (WBGO News, 10/26/16)

njstagelogoNJPAC & Newark Public Schools Announce $450,000 Grant To Support Arts Education | A $450,000 grant in support of arts education will significantly increase the number of Newark students invited to enjoy world-class performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years and will help Newark Public Schools (NPS) provide high quality professional development for hundreds of art teachers. Funds awarded to NJPAC by the Community Foundation of New Jersey will allow kindergarteners through 12th-graders in Newark Public Schools to experience the lively arts in their home city…The number of NPS students attending SchoolTime performances at NJPAC and in-school assemblies combined will rise dramatically in each academic year, from about 15,000 to 24,000 participants…“It’s been proven time and again that an immersion in the arts is essential to a child’s journey of self-discovery and is a strong factor in developing many other academic skills,” said NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber. (New Jersey Stage, 10/26/16)