DATE: June 10, 2020
CONTACT: Julia Miele (626) 354-7833
The Gabriella Foundation to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Los Angeles, CA —National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to The Gabriella Foundation to support its award-winning Everybody Dance! After-School Program. This is one of 1,015 grants nationwide that the agency has approved in this category.
“These awards demonstrate the resilience of the arts in America, showcasing not only the creativity of their arts projects but the organizations’ agility in the face of a national health crisis,” said Mary Anne Carter, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We celebrate organizations like The Gabriella Foundation for providing opportunities for learning and engagement through the arts in these times.”
“We are so grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for its continued generous support of and confidence in our work,” said Julia Miele, Executive Director. “Especially during these unprecedented times, the commitment of our loyal funders is making a tremendous difference in the lives of the inspiriting youth we serve.”
The Gabriella Foundation transforms lives and communities through the power of dance by providing high-quality dance instruction to over 5,700 youth at 25 sites in the underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods of MacArthur Park, South Los Angeles and Watts. TGF’s award-winning Everybody Dance! after-school program focuses on the technical mastery of dance in a studio setting, while the in-school program uses dance as a tool for learning to support academic excellence. In both models, professional dance instructors inspire students to achieve their very best by imparting life skills and instilling confidence, creativity, and commitment. And it’s working: Over 90% of after-school students say they have higher self-esteem, improved physical fitness, and a greater sense of being supported by family and the community because of Everybody Dance! In addition, 100% of graduating seniors in the after-school program attend college, many the first in their families to do so.
For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.