Monthly Archives: September 2009

PAA Receives Grant through MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program

Progressive Arts Alliance is one of only 14 members of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and the only organization in Ohio to receive a grant through the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program.  The program’s goal is to improve teaching and learning in the arts by supporting and promoting exemplary partnerships between community arts education providers and public schools.  MetLife’s funding will support the PAA-George Washington Carver School Arts-Integrated Residency Partnership that has been in place since the 2006-07 school year, allowing all 462 K-8 students at the school the opportunity to engage in meaningful arts learning activities.

The PAA-Carver Arts-Integrated Residency Partnership pairs professional teaching artists with K-8 classroom teachers at Carver.  Artists and teachers collaboratively create dynamic arts lessons that integrate the arts with non-arts curricula content and meet Ohio Academic Content Standards in Fine Arts and other subjects.  In addition, the funding provides for teachers and artists to participate in arts-integration professional development workshops, and for residency activities to be designed to increase parent and community involvement at the school.  Students engage in a variety of residency activities, including music, printmaking, poetry, and media arts workshops.  Each semester will conclude with a community exhibition/performance to share the students’ achievements.

Please join us in thanking the MetLife Foundation and the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts for supporting the PAA-Carver partnership, and for enabling more than 11,500 students in 8 cities to participate in quality arts education programs in school.

Teachers and PAA Staff planning at Carver.

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PAA All-Stars to Perform at Harvard University in October

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PAA Welcomes Cleveland Social Venture Partners

Progressive Arts Alliance is proud to announce the award of a capacity-building grant from Cleveland Social Venture Partners (CSVP) beginning in September 2009. CSVP partner Sonni Senkfor will act as relationship manager for the term of the grant, coordinating the CSVP volunteer consulting team who will define projects and objectives to assist in PAA’s growth as an organization.

CSVP’s investment has enabled the hiring of a Development Manager, Ginny Suhr, who comes to us after being at St. Malachi Center since 2005; Ginny will work with PAA Executive Director Santina Protopapa , the PAA Board of Directors and the CSVP investment team to develop and implement a fundraising plan to increase revenue in an effort to reach and serve more Northeast Ohio youth with our programs.

Other capacity-building activities will include board development and a strategic marketing plan.

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