From the Top receives Art Works grant

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On May 10, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu announced approval of more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016.

From the Top is proud to be an Art Works award recipient. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected. Supporting projects like From the Top’s offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”Jane Chu, NEA Chairman

The $45,000 grant will support our Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (CDAL) in conjunction with the national tour of our signature NPR-distributed radio program, From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. All of the young musicians, ages 8 to 18, selected to perform on the show will also complete an intensive arts leadership orientation, and put what they have learned to use by planning and delivering customized outreach activities, predominantly for students in grades 4–12, in each community we visit on the road. 

From the Top is honored to be an ArtWorks recipient. While we are known for our NPR program, we are also doing innovative work helping the next generation of classically-trained musicians identify ways they can bring about positive change in their communities. For many From the Top musicians, the three days they spend with us, anchored by our arts leadership orientation, opens up vast new possibilities. They discover the power they have to make a difference. Jennifer Hurley-Wales, Co-CEO of From the Top

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