Four LA County Schools Receive Arts Education Grants

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 1:23pm

Americans for the Arts logoFour K-12 schools in the Los Angeles area received grants totaling $5,000 to support continuation of arts education for their students.

David Staff Jordan Middle School in Burbank, Vanguard Learning Center in Los Angeles, and Roosevelt and Enterprise Middle Schools in Compton all received recognition through a competitive Facebook campaign called “Art of Education,” coordinated by KRIS Wines in partnership with Americans for the Arts.

“We were so excited to see so much enthusiasm from the teachers, parents, and friends of schools in Los Angeles and around the country who support this important cause,” said Marilyn Krieger, director of public relations for Winebow, Inc, which steers the KRIS brand of wine.

Facebook users logged in and voted for their “favorite” K-12 school as part of the competition.  The top school received $5,000 to support arts education.  Second place through sixth place schools each received $2,000, and seventh place through sixteenth place schools each received $1,000.

“Students who engage in arts programs are proven to be overall more successful academically,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “The decline in funding is an alarming trend given the extensive benefits a quality education in the arts provides. School leaders and business leaders agree that art education leads to creativity—an essential trait in America’s 21st century workers. We are grateful to have a partner such as KRIS Wine that understands the important role art plays in our lives and the welfare of our communities.”

Each school is empowered to use the grant to support supply purchases or projects of its choosing, as long as those projects support arts education opportunities for its students.

KRIS Wines and Americans for the Arts will hold the fourth “Art of Education” competition this fall.  Beginning in September, parents, educators, and friends can vote again for their favorite schools on KRIS Wine’s Facebook page.