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Major grant awards will help SDYS continue to support orchestral engagement, access, and learning opportunities for students in Chula Vista.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $45,000 to San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory to further their Community Opus Project in partnership with Chula Vista Elementary School District and additional in-school and after school music programs in Chula Vista.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

Additionally, The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $18,000 – one of only 19 maximum awards out of 137 recipients in the state – to SDYS as part of its Artists in Schools – Extension program.

As an offshoot of the Council’s signature arts education grant program, one of the agency’s longest running, the new Artists in Schools – Extension program offering supports arts education programs for Pre-K-12 students that operate after school and during the summer, on school sites, in artistic venues, and in community settings.

“We know the benefits of arts education—to improve test performance, reduce dropout rates and increase participation in higher learning,” said Donn K. Harris, California Arts Council Chair. “San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s Community Opus Project, through Artists in Schools – Extension allows students real-life arts immersion beyond the standard school day. Opportunities like this help support the growth and success of California’s students by fostering creativity, innovation, and collaboration through the arts.”

The CAC also granted a $5,000 professional development award to SDYS. View a complete listing of all Artists in Schools – Extension grantees

San Diego Youth Symphony