The Broadway League Announces 2012 National Education Grant Recipients
Programs Support Arts-in-Education and Audience Development
The Broadway League announced the recipients of its 17th annual National Education Grants. These grants are intended to support inspired and inventive programs for a wide range of students to experience and understand Broadway performances as a form of artistic expression and a powerful educational tool.
The 2012 National Education Grants program presents ten companies with a grant of $5,000 to help them develop and maintain educational programming associated with Touring Broadway productions. This year’s grant recipients come from the following cities: Appleton, WI; Buffalo, NY; Des Moines, IA; East Lansing, MI; Nashville, TN; New Haven, CT; Philadelphia, PA; Sacramento, CA; Seattle, WA; and West Palm Beach, FL.
The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, partnering with Findley Elementary School, will conduct multi-curricular workshops and residencies around WAR HORSE focused on literacy and theatre arts. WAR HORSE UNBRIDLED will enable fifty fifth grade students from Findley Elementary to attend a performance of the Touring Broadway production of WAR HORSE and participate in a variety of engaging arts experiences that reinforce literacy and 21st century skills objectives. These include a drama residency based on the source novel, a puppetry-design residency, and a culminating written theater review project.
Touring Broadway shows presented in this year’s grant recipient list include: Billy Elliot the Musical, Blue Man Group, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and War Horse.
Since it was founded in 1996, the League’s National Education Grants program has awarded $850,000 in grants to support the education efforts of Broadway presenting organizations. The League administers this program with generous additional financial support from Theatre Development Fund.
During the past year, theatre education professionals at organizations that present Touring Broadway productions have worked closely with local teachers and community organizations to create activities that engage young people with theatre and enhance their academic experiences.
“We salute our member organizations’ dedication to teaching impressionable young minds inclusivity, literacy skills, community advocacy, self awareness, and more through the magic of Broadway,” commented Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Lessons learned through theatre not only educate students about the world at large, but an introduction to live theatre creates a lifelong habit of theatre-going."