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

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Honors and Supports Secondary High School Drama and Theater Educators who Inspire Students to Follow Their Passion for the Art of Storytelling Through Acting

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"The ‘Your Start in the Arts’ grant is especially critical during the pandemic and against the broader backdrop of continued funding challenges for drama education in secondary schools,” Richard Omar, president and artistic director at The New York Conservatory.

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

“The New York Conservatory created the ‘Your Start in the Arts’ grant to honor outstanding high school teachers and drama departments who are making a difference for students pursuing their passion for the performing arts. This is especially critical during the pandemic and against the broader backdrop of continued funding challenges for drama education in secondary schools,” said Richard Omar, president and artistic director at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. “Over the past two years we have witnessed, through the thousands of moving and inspiring stories, how deep this need is. We are especially proud to continue The New York Conservatory’s grant funding this year and to continue our deep commitment to secondary education in the dramatic arts.”    

Starting on October 1, 2020, high school students and alumni will be able to nominate their high school drama department to be considered for a $1,000 grant by completing the nomination form. The New York Conservatory will accept nominations until October 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. Once the nomination period closes, a panel of New York Conservatory actor-faculty will convene to read the submissions. The panel will vote for the ten most compelling cases for support. Grant winners will be notified by email and announced on December 15, 2020.

To learn more about the “Your Start in the Arts” grant program, 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/.

Today’s announcement follows The New York Conservatory’s recent launch of its New Media for Actors degree.

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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