YA of Louisiana Awarded US$2.3 Million Grant to Boost Arts Education at Six Jefferson Parish Schools

November 30, 2018 | emily@ya.org
New Orleans, LA -- November 29, 2018 -- Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley and Young Audiences National Executive Director David Dik announced that six JPPSS schools are taking part in a new 4-year, $2.3 million grant awarded to Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) to create an arts-integrated educational model that advances student achievement.

The six schools to benefit from the grant will be: Clancy-Maggiore ElementaryLincoln ElementarySt. Ville ElementaryAudubon ElementaryWoods Elementary, and Pitre Elementary. The initiative will directly serve 2,620 elementary students, 211 classroom teachers, six teaching artists, and 18 school leaders across these six sites.

“We are so thrilled to be a part of this partnership with Jefferson Parish Schools and are thankful to the Department of Education for this grant,” said Marguerite Moisio, YALA Board President. “We know that students at schools with an arts-integrated curriculum perform better and develop an intense love of learning, so we are thankful for the opportunity to help implement it in more schools.”
Representatives from JPPSS, YALA and participating schools gathered at Lincoln Elementary in Marrero to announce the schools and witness kindergarten and 1st graders joyfully learn literacy skills through the arts.

“Not only are the arts foundational to our region’s culture and history, but they have an immense impact on a child’s education,” said Dr. Brumley. “This grant and our partnership with Young Audiences will help inspire the next generation of artists and improve academic outcomes for thousands of kids.”

Additionally, the project will deliver national access to model curriculum and materials through a distance learning platform administered by Young Audiences, Inc. Research from the JPPSS partnership will help elevate the effectiveness of arts integration in improving student academic and artistic outcomes, said Ms. Moisio.

Young Audiences of Louisiana is partnering with the Jefferson Parish Public School System with funding through the United States Department of Education’s Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination Grants Competition.

Established in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s mission is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. As the nation’s largest arts-in-education learning network, Young Audiences serves more than 5 million children and youth each year in 8,000 schools and community centers across the country through its diverse network of affiliates.

Young Audiences of Louisiana is the leading provider of arts education and integration programs in the state of Louisiana. Through 56 years of experience Young Audiences has evolved to serve the ever-changing needs of students, educators, and administrators in our state. Join us, along with our national, state, and local partners in bringing quality arts programs to every student across the great state of Louisiana. 

YALA is one of three Young Audiences affiliates to receive AAEDD grants this year! Learn more about all of the YA Network's winning projects here.

To learn more about YALA  and their incredible work in Louisiana, visit: http://www.ya4la.org/