LSO receives NEA grant

Staff report

September 16, 2013

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced that the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra has been approved for a grant of $10,000.

Joan Shigekawa, Senior Deputy Chairman of the NEA, made the announcement that the LSO was approved for a grant as part of the NEA’s fiscal year 2013 Arts Engagement in American Communities initiative. These grants are being presented to various groups throughout the country that work to increase understanding and skills in the arts.

“The Lagrange Symphony Orchestra is proud to receive the AEAC grant in support of the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra and String Project,” said Celeste Myall, Director of Educational Initiatives and the conductor of the Youth Orchestra.

She continued, “both programs provide learning and performing opportunities for children who otherwise may not have had a chance to participate in music education. Support from the NEA is helping our organization create memorable moments of music for these children and their parents.”

“Recognition from the NEA serves as validation of our efforts to continue and expand our educational outreach,” responded Dave Marler, LSO executive director. “With continued reductions in general music education and cancellation of all string education in our local public schools, the String Project is essential for those students in 3rd grade and higher who wish to pursue instruction on string instruments.”

“We are grateful for the support provided through this grant,” he noted.

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