The Music Center in Los Angeles has announced a three-year, $3 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation in support of an arts education initiative aimed at motivating students to become innovative thinkers able to thrive in today's global economy.
The grant will enable the Music Center to expand or develop three programs, including arts-integration partnerships, through which it provides professional development with a focus on classroom support; its Institute for Educators, in which master teaching artists work with classroom teachers during an intensive week-long course; and its teaching artist training program, through which the center provides extensive training for teaching artists on how to integrate lessons based on their art form into the curriculum. The grant also will support and expand many of the center’s current arts education programs, including the Music Center on Tour, a series of professional performances at school assemblies and for community groups; student performances; and professional development programs for educators.
“What an incredible vote of confidence for the Music Center to receive this important and prestigious grant, which recognizes our long-standing commitment to arts education and its impact,” said Music Center president and CEO Rachel Moore. “We know the arts can help build communities and transform lives and are vital to fostering creativity and innovation, skills that are critical to the future leaders of tomorrow. This funding makes it possible for us to create a system of change by providing increased professional development for teachers and offering educators the creative tools to integrate the arts into the classroom; this work will help ensure the next generation has access to quality arts learning experiences that are integrated into core curriculum.”