Congratulations to our 2nd quarter grant recipients:
Charleston, WV: Boulevard Adventist Academy: This new string program has been created to support kids grades K-8 in an underserved area in Charleston with string education. This is the first private school in the area to offer this kind of program. We have offered $1,360 in matching funds to encourage this exciting new program.
Chicago, IL: UIC College Preparatory: This high school program serving almost exclusively students of color has a great success rate for college-bound students (84%). They have concert band, and wish to expand a mariachi program to provide a new musical opportunity and experience for their kids. CFKF has offered matching support for 5 beautiful new violins.
Lewisburg, WV: Carnegie Hall Inc.: This is our second grant to Lewisburg; we gave a grant for 10 harps there last year. Carnegie Hall offers music programs for a variety of schools in the Lewisburg area; they are starting a new program for kids K-7 with strings. They requested support for a 6 violins, which we granted to assist in their program expansion.
Louisville, KY: Newburg Middle School: This school with a growing string program serving kids grades 6-8 needs an infusion of new instruments to keep up with demand. The school, highly rated with their STEM initiative, has made a commitment to expand their music program to complete a well-rounded education. 86% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. They requested support for 12 instruments, and CFKF has offered $4977 in matching funds to encourage this innovative program
Macon, GA: The Academy for Classical Education Orchestra: This program from a school founded in 2014 serves kids grades 6-12 from throughout the county; the student population is ethnically mixed. 100% of the students qualify for the Federal free lunch program. An interesting note is that all students grades 4-5 take violin as a standard part of their curriculum. We’ve offered matching support for 5 new instruments to help this new and innovative program grow.
Mayfield, KY: Graves County Middle School Orchestra: This middle school in a rural area of western Kentucky serves a low-income population; 100% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. They requested support for a 4 cellos, and we’ve offered $1,708 in matching funds to encourage this inspiring program for rural kids.
Monticello, NY: Nesin Cultural Arts: This afterschool program serving kids K-12 needs an infusion of lower strings to balance their program; they offer individual lessons, chamber and larger ensemble instruction. CFKF has offered $2,247 in matching funds to encourage this needed program in an economically challenged area.
Mooresville, NC: Corriher-Lipe MSO: This rural middle school program, in its 3rd year, is experiencing growing interest, and their goal is to create an inventory that makes participation possible. We’ve offered $2,778 in matching support for 10 new instruments to encourage this rural program.
Portland, ME: Palaver Strings: This is our second request from Palaver Strings; we gave a grant there last year. They serve pre-K and kindergarten kids, and they wish to build on the great start we supported in 2018 with an infusion of new instruments, alongside support for a few afterschool program. 60% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program, and 70% are first-generation immigrants, coming primarily from Africa. CFKF has offered $4,707 in matching support for 17 instruments to encourage this inspiring new program.
Washington, DC: DC Youth Orchestra Program: This new program, with offerings of both a Saturday and tuition-free strings at 3 Title-One elementary schools, serves kids K-8 in collaboration with the DC Office of Planning. 100% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. CFKF has offered $4,635 in matching support for 10 cellos to encourage this exciting new initiative.
West Carrolton, OH City Schools: This long-established string program, serving kids grades 6-12 in an urban/suburban area of southern Ohio, needs a substantial infusion of new instruments to augment or replace damaged inventory. CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this well-run program.
Wilmington, DE: The Music School of Delaware: This inspiring new initiative, supporting kids ages 2 and up, has been created to deliver El-Sistema-based learning to nearly 1,000 children in the Wilmington area. CFKF has offered matching support of $3,040 for 15 violins to encourage this program’s exciting beginnings; this is our first grant in Delaware.