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September 6, 2011 > Grant awarded to Fremont Symphony 'Artists in Schools'

Grant awarded to Fremont Symphony 'Artists in Schools'

Submitted By Fremont Symphony

The California Arts Council recently awarded the Fremont Symphony a highly competitive $2,500 Planning Grant from the Artists in Schools program. Partnering with Fremont Unified School District, the orchestra will begin a planning process that will ultimately bring artist residencies into 4th to 6th grade classrooms. The orchestra is one of only six arts organizations statewide that received a Planning Grant.

Fremont Symphony General Manager Sue Rose said, "This Artists in Schools Grant makes possible a collaborative workshop, where teachers will work with musicians to create a brand new 12-week curriculum on classical and symphonic music. This new curriculum will be based on the Visual and Performing Arts State Standards required in schools and will feature musicians and teachers working with students in an interactive residency format. The good news is that next year, we will be eligible to apply for a larger California Arts Council matching grant to implement the program in 2012-13."

Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Superintendent James Morris is enthusiastic about the Artists in Schools program. Teachers, administrators, and the Fremont Education Foundation will participate on the Planning Committee. The Fremont Symphony and FUSD have partnered for 37 years to produce Children's Concerts that serve thousands of 4th to 6th grade students every spring.

Artists in Schools integrates community arts resources - professional artists and arts organizations - into a comprehensive, standards-based program, underscoring the critical role the arts play in shaping a student's overall well-being and academic achievement. It is supported by proceeds from the sale of the Arts License Plate, a specialty plate with a palm tree and sunset motif designed by noted California artist Wayne Thiebaud.

Fremont Symphony Orchestra programs include evening concerts and recitals, the popular holiday Nutcracker Ballet for families, free annual Children's Concerts, the Young Artist Competition and Young Composers Competition plus community outreach performances by ensembles from the orchestra. The Fremont Symphony brings live classical music to over 8,000 adults and youth in southern Alameda and northern Santa Clara counties.

For information about the Fremont Symphony and its 2011-2012 season, go to www.fremontsymphony.org or call (510) 371-4860.

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