VH1 DELIVERED THE FIRST BATCH OF INSTRUMENTS TO NEWARK SCHOOLS FOR NEW MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAM
Sepetmeber 18, 2017 | Newswire
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On Tuesday, September 12, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation returned to Newark in the midst of National Arts in Education Week with more than 200 instruments to distribute to Newark Public Schools students.
Nearly 30 instruments were unveiled at a press conference at Camden Street School, one of seven school grant recipients. The other recipients include Belmont Runyon, BRICK Avon Academy, BRICK Peshine Academy, Rafael Hernandez School of Performing Arts, Ridge Street School and South Street School.
The event in Newark kicked off a five-year project to invest in music programs in approximately thirty-eight schools with demonstrated need. Each will each receive a package estimated at $60,000, including approximately $45,000 worth of new musical instruments and other equipment, and $15,000 for professional development, advocacy support, research, measurement and program evaluation.
“The Newark Public Schools system serves more low-income students than all other districts in New Jersey, and a majority of its K-8 schools do not have instrumental music programs. We are now working to change that by bringing music education to the students who need it most,” said Henry Donahue, executive director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, according to a statement about the program. “This is just the beginning of our commitment to reach every public-school student in Newark.”
Superintendent of Schools Christopher D. Cerf added: “Research has found that learning music facilitates learning subjects and enhances skills that children use in other areas; a child uses multiple skill sets while learning music which is why this partnership with VH1 Save The Music is important to our mission to link everything students do to learning.”
In addition to VH1 Save The Music, further funding support is provided by The ELMA US Music Foundation, The Singer Family Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Partners include the Newark Arts Council, Newark Arts Education Roundtable, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Through this project, the Newark Arts Education Roundtable and Newark Arts Council will provide administration, direction, and technical assistance by partnering with Newark’s many stakeholders, artists, arts administrators, community organizations, community development corporations, planning groups, economic development agencies, and government agencies as well as the general public.
Local performing arts organizations such as New Jersey Performing Arts Center and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra are joining this effort by providing free tickets to students and families to attend their events this season as well as coaching opportunities by professional musicians.
Newark Public Schools’ arts program is under the direction of Margaret El, Special Assistant for the Arts. Ms. El is a member of the Newark Arts Education Roundtable.
Learn about the foundation’s Play It Forward campaign in celebration of its 20th anniversary here: on.vh1.com/playitforward.
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