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The Critical Importance of Arts and Culture to the Educational Process: Grants that significantly enrich the arts and cultural experiences of preK-12 students of public and private schools within the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke.

Grant funding specifically limited to making possible:

  • “artist-in-residence” or master classes conducted by a notable artist;

  • the purchase and use of innovative technology or nontraditional equipment that provides cutting edge classroom arts experience and/or exposes students to new cultural experiences; or

  • performances and programs built around a specific educational topic and conducted by (or in conjunction with) local arts and cultural nonprofits and held either in-school or at a nonprofit that serves local schoolchildren.

Please note: If a nonprofit applicant is partnering with one or more schools, the applicant must provide a letter(signed by the principal on school letterhead) from each respective school indicating the school’s readiness and full commitment to the proposed project and outlining anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner.

2015 Grant Recipients

Organization Grant Purpose Amount Awarded
Cultural Arts for Excellence (CAFE) To purchase a set of 29 steel drums to sustain and expand its Caribbean Steel Orchestra $30,710.00
Roanoke Children's Theatre To provide an interactive residency called Making History: LIVE! Civil War for all 5th graders in Roanoke City Public Schools. $7,600.00
Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors, Inc. To support and expand its free four-week summer day camp and after school programs at Burnt Chimney Elementary School, Sontag Elementary School, Dudley Elementary School, and Rocky Mount Elementary School in partnership with Roanoke Children's Theatre. $14,130.00
Southwest Virginia Ballet To provide free or reduced tickets to middle and high school students from Roanoke City, City of Salem and Franklin County to attend TIES, and "Original Ballet: Railroad, People & Connections." $7,560.00

 

2014 Grant Recipients

Organization Grant Purpose Amount Awarded
Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia To support the continuation of its ImageMakers program. $10,000.00
Jefferson Center Foundation To support its interactive Song Project $15,000.00
Roanoke Children's Theatre To support the Kaleidoscope camp which will allow RCT to partner with local school resource/special education teachers to conduct theatre arts education programming with and for developmentally disabled K-12 students. $5,000.00
Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors, Inc. To support a free four-week summer day camp and after school programs at Burnt Chimney Elementary School and Sontag Elementary School in partnership with Roanoke Children's Theatre. $5,000.00
VH1 Save the Music Foundation To restore an instrumental music education program in one Roanoke City Elementary School and assist with the purchase of new instruments. $25,000.00

 

2013 Grant Recipients

Organization Grant Purpose Amount Awarded
Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia To purchase photography and video recording equipment as part of its ImageMakers program. $9,075.00
Craig County High School To purchase new technology including Macintosh computers, Adobe Photoshop, and a laser printer for its art department. $9,425.00
Jefferson Center Foundation To implement an interactive song project with area schools that would allow participants to compose their own music and produce CDs. $30,000.00
Roanoke Children's Theatre To provide a 90-minute interactive residency called Making History: Jamestown! Live! for all 4th graders in Roanoke City and Roanoke County Public Schools. $11,500.00

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