After sifting through nearly 200 applications from 40 states across America, the American Theatre Wing has chosen the recipients of the 2017 Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative Classroom Resource Grants, the Wing announced December 21.
Due to an additional donation by the Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust, a total of $240,000 in grants allowed for 14 schools to be served—double the previous year.
This year’s recipient schools include Arlington Middle School (Lawrence, MA), Bryan Community Focus Program (Lincoln, NE), Charlestown High School (Boston, MA), Cordova High School (Rancho Cordova, CA), Cypress Creek High School (Orlando, FL), Eagle Rock Elementary School (Los Angeles, CA), North Graham Elementary School (Graham, NC), Oakland Technical High School (Oakland, CA), Mickey Mantle School PS 811 @ 149 (New York, NY), Ron Brown Academy Middle School 57 (Brooklyn, NY), Snipes Academy of Arts and Design (Wilmington, NC), South Plantation High School (Plantation, FL), Southaven High School (Southaven, MS), and Western Middle School for the Arts (Louisville, KY).
Through the grants, under-resourced public schools have the ability to purchase instruments, dance floors, lighting grids, and other materials to improve their theatre programs.
The Classroom Resource Grants are one of three branches of aid delivered through The Wing’s Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative to promote arts education, in addition to Training Scholarships and University Scholarships. The recipients of these scholarships were announced earlier this year.