PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1.9 million in grant money to Youth in Action: Side x Side, a local arts organization that will team with the University of Southern Maine for a collaborative effort called “Project Imagine.”
The university is teaming with Youth in Action: Side x Side to develop arts programs to be integrated into the curricula at four Portland elementary schools — the Reiche, Ocean Avenue, Riverton and East End schools.Read more
DAYTON, Ohio - The Dayton Development Coalition is expanding its Hometown Heroes program to include more arts programming thanks to a new partnership. The group is partnering with the Victoria Theatre Association to offer additional arts programming to local servicemen and their families.Read more
Steven Crown, general partner of Henry Crown & Co. and a trustee of the Art Institute, is leading a $38 million fundraising campaign to beef up arts programming in Chicago Public Schools. It's the latest public-private partnership initiated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The Campaign for Creative Schools will fuel arts-education funding in public schools for the next four years.Read more
ST. PETERSBURG — Since arts funding was slashed in the recession, St. Petersburg artists have complained that city is benefitting from its Bohemian reputation while doing little to help the local arts community survive.
Mayor Rick Kriseman’s first budget did little to change that, with just an extra $38,000 added to the $175,000 former Mayor Bill Foster set aside last year for grant funding for arts groups.Read more
PANAMA CITY, FLA. — Panama City soon may be in the business of putting “heads in beds” if the push to establish a Tourist Development Tax, or bed tax, within the city limits is approved by voters this fall.
The Bay County Chamber of Commerce encouraged members at its monthly First Friday event to vote in favor of the measure, which the chamber first urged the city to adopt in November of 2013.Read more
WASHINGTON -- A few years ago, 19-year-old Precious Lambert seriously considered dropping out of high school.
"I just didn't feel as safe as I should have, and to be honest, it didn't feel like a priority to me," says Lambert, of Southeast D.C.
"It just so happens that my two best friends dropped out in ninth grade year, and that meant more to me than anything because we were all supposed to graduate together -- walk across the stage like, ‘We did it.'"Read more
The majority of candidates for Arizona Governor responding to a survey relating to arts, culture and arts education favor additional support for arts and culture activities in the state. Most legislative candidates responding to the same survey would gradually restore pre-recession funding for the Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA), and expressed support for arts education in Arizona's K-12 schools.Read more
MONMOUTH, IL — In the down economy and with schools facing overwhelming budget issues, districts are being forced to slash extracurricular programs.
Despite the benefit of being a creative outlet, art programs are generally some of the first to go when schools are forced to make budget cuts.
The Art Presenter Program has been going strong for the last 41 years, revolving entirely around the volunteer efforts of parents, retired teachers and others.Read more
A little Broadway trivia: What “role” have Broadway superstars Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster and Kelli O’Hara all played? Answer: they’ve all played the “role” of guest actors through ArtSpeak!, a program created, produced, and underwritten by Shugoll Research to bring Broadway stars into public schools.Read more