Congratulations to our 1st Quarter Grant recipients!
Chandler, AZ: East Valley Jewish Community Center: This community center serving young children pre-K through kindergarten wishes to start a new string program with guitars for their kids, teaching them motor skills, communication, teamwork and language skills. We’ve offered them a grant of $1,500 to encourage this community center’s growing program in an area we are growing presence.
Chicago, IL; Chicago Public Schools Foundation: This grant request is specific to the school system’s Chopin Elementary School Orchestra serving kids grades K-8. They need an expanded inventory of instruments so that students have access to them, both for classes at and after school, as well as for home practice. CFKF has offered them a grant of $1,500 from the Hilger reserve to encourage this public school’s important and empowering string program.
Corvallis, MT: MS and HS Orchestras: This rural community south of Missoula has a growing orchestra program (it grew 25 % the past 2 years) in need of more quality instruments to be made available to kids grades 5-12 there. This is the only community within 40 miles that has an orchestra initiative. We’ve offered them a grant of $1,500 to encourage this public school system’s string program in the predominantly rural state where CFKF was born.
Elgin, IL: Eljin Youth Symphony Orchestra: EYSO wishes to build an inventory for their tuition-free Starter Strings program serving kids in 4th grade. They hope to provide these instruments in particular for families unable to afford instrument purchase or rental. Elgin is one of the fastest-growing cities in Illinois, and we’ve offered them a grant of $1,500 to encourage this public school’s string program.
Gainesville, FL: Cornerstone Academy Music: This private school serving kids grades 5-12 wishes to help their students achieve more advanced musical skills with quality instruments. The students come from several counties in north-central Florida. CFKF has offered them a grant of $1,000 to encourage this program’s growth in an area of Florida where we have a growing presence.
Marietta, GA: Marietta, GA City Schools: The Marietta High School orchestra, serving students grades 9-12, has a healthy double bass section, but needs another double bass for all of the students to be able to perform at concerts. The student population is diverse; we’ve offered them a grant of $862 from the Hilger reserve to encourage this public school’s string program.
Miami, FL: Salvation Army: This Miami branch of TSA has a band program serving kids grades 1-9, and they wish to develop a new string program to be able to offer a complete musical experience to their students. We’ve offered them a grant of $1,500 from the Hilger reserve to encourage this great organization’s new strings initiative.
NYC, NY: Developing Artists: This organization is a nonprofit arts school dedicated to creating performance opportunities for their students, including spoken words, beats and songs. They are in need of several new instruments to fully offer that experience to their students. They serve kids grades 9-12 from all 5 boroughs of NYC. CFKF has offered them a grant of $1,575 to support this new initiative.
Takoma Park, MD: Don Bosco Cristo Rey HS: This high school serving students grades 9-12 wishes to build a new string program, responding to students’ appeals for more arts electives. In order to initiate this program, they need a starter inventory. The school draws kids from as far as DC metro; we’ve offered them $809 from the Hilger reserve to support the initiation of this new program in an economically challenged area.
Washington, DC: Serve Your City: This program serving kids grades 3-11 believes that the arts can empower the most underserved populations in the DC metro area. They presently have no owned inventory of stringed instruments, and need to have a quality and reliable inventory of their own to support their students. We’ve offered them $1,500 from the Hilger reserve to support the initiation of this new program in an economically challenged area.