Los Angeles, CA — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to The Gabriella Foundation to support its award-winning everybody dance! after-school program. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as The Gabriella Foundation in Los Angeles, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the NEA and are truly grateful for its support of and confidence in our work,” said Executive Director Julia Miele.
Since 2000, The Gabriella Foundation has been transforming lives and communities through the power of dance. Today, TGF is reaching more underserved Los Angeles youth than ever, with a goal of serving 5,000 students by 2020. In its award-winning everybody dance! after-school program, students work toward technical mastery of specific dance forms by attending multi-level classes that meet twice weekly. Everybody dance! in-school, a pathway to the after-school program, provides a creative outlet for students during the school day and uses dance as a tool for learning by incorporating movement into academic curriculum. In both models, professional dance instructors inspire students to achieve their very best by teaching life skills and instilling self-confidence, creative exploration, and a commitment to dance.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
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