The New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts Awards “Your Start In The Arts” High School Drama Grant

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Five High Schools Across the U.S. Receive Your Start in the Arts Grant for Development of Secondary Drama Education

"There is a critical need for funding performing arts in secondary schools as financial support is dwindling or being eliminated altogether. We were extremely moved by the students’ submission stories, so much so that we are doubling our Your Start in the Arts funding in 2019,” Richard Omar, NYCDA.

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) today proudly announced the recipients of its first annual “Your Start in the Arts” grant awards. The New York Conservatory’s grant program honors and supports secondary high school educators in drama and theater who have inspired students to follow their passion for the art of storytelling through acting.

“We are thrilled to announce the recipients of The New York Conservatory’s first ‘Your Start in the Arts’ grant awards,” said Richard Omar, president and artistic director at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. “We created the grant to honor outstanding high school teachers and drama departments making a difference for students pursuing their passion for the dramatic arts. We are grateful to be a part of enabling each school as they continue to grow and nurture their drama students and department goals.”

“There is a critical need for funding theater and the performing arts in secondary schools as financial support for these programs is dwindling or being eliminated altogether. Selecting the grant recipients was a very difficult process, as this need was echoed throughout the nearly one thousand submissions we received from high school students across the county. We were extremely moved and inspired by the students’ stories, so much so that we decided to double our grant funding in 2019,” continued Omar.

The New York Conservatory’s Your Start in the Arts 2018 grant winners are:

  • Ayden Grifton High School, Ayden, NC: The Your Start in the Arts grant will be used to support and refine the school’s 2019 spring production of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," as well as help lay a solid foundation for future productions at Ayden Grifton.
  • Bayshore High School, Bayshore, NY: The school will be using the Your Start in the Arts grant invest in new stage lighting to reach their goal of replacing their faulty and outdated lighting system.
  • Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Montgomery, AL: Due to a fire that destroyed a portion of the school’s campus, BTW Magnet High School is currently in a temporary facility without needed performance spaces. The Your Start in the Arts grant will allow the school to purchase a software system that gives their drama productions the flexibility to move from venue to venue.
  • La Habra Theater Guild, La Habra, CA: Each year, the school provides an opportunity for thousands of local elementary school students to come and see their professional-quality productions during the school day. The Your Start in the Arts grant will allow for transportation and access to their shows.
  • Timpview High School, Provo, UT: The school will be using the grant to purchase greatly needed new lavaliers and stock costumes.

Given the tremendous response of demonstrated need from the inaugural grant program, The New York Conservatory has expanded its ‘Your Start in the Arts’ award opportunities for 2019 to be awarded to ten schools. Full details about opportunities to participate will be announced in Fall of 2019. To learn more, please visit https://www.nycda.edu/your-start-in-the-arts/. Full grant and participation rules can be found here https://www.nycda.edu/start-arts-grant-contest-full-rules/.

About The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts
The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts enables students to define their unique brand as an actor by discovering who they are as a person. We practice a personalized approach to training that places acting and storytelling at the core--offering immersive, disciplined, and focused professional training programs designed to give students the tools and techniques they need for successful careers in today’s industry. Our living curriculum is writing itself every day, created and shaped by NYCDA’s working actor instructors and student community to deliver a dynamic learning experience. The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is an institutionally accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. NYCDA’s Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree programs in Film and Television Performance, and in Musical Theater Performance are registered by the New York State Board of Regents. Learn more about NYCDA at http://www.nycda.edu.

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