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2007 VSA and MetLife Foundation Arts Connect All Awardees

The following ten organizations received grants up to $15,000 to continue their work in creating inclusive learning environments that engage students of all abilities:

3rd Year Grantees

  • CENTERSTAGE (Baltimore, Maryland) for "Encounter,"a residency program for high school students that uses theater as a medium for learning, community building, and creative self-expression.
  • Deaf West Theatre (North Hollywood, California) for "Dramatic Gestures/In-School Performances" a residency program that promotes theatrical experiences that are culturally relevant, linguistically appropriate, and fully accessible for deaf and hearing children.

2nd Year Grantees

  • Allegro Foundation (Charlotte, North Carolina) for "Dance Instruction in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Elementary Schools," a weekly workshop in which elementary school students develop dance skills and create original choreography.
  • Luna Kids Dance (Berkeley, California) for "Tilden Elementary Integrated Creative Dance," a program that builds respect for diversity in the classroom, supports cultural literacy, and enhances learning through dance.
  • STAGES St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri) for "Access the Arts," a musical theater program that develops students' creativity and self-confidence, as well as performance and communication skills.
  • That Uppity Theatre Company (St. Louis, Missouri) for "Playwright Discovery Program," a residency program that challenges high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of writing a play.

1st Year Grantees

  • AXIS Dance Company (Oakland, California) for "Dance Access/KIDS!," a program that teaches contemporary dance through a combination of after school instruction, residencies, and performances for schools in San Francisco.
  • Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit, Michigan) for "Create Opera!," a program in which high school students write and perform an original opera.
  • Oregon Cultural Access (Portland, Oregon) for "Inclusive Arts Vibe," a dance and drama program for youth that builds artistic skills and introduces the concepts of disability pride and culture as a means of fostering an inclusive community.
  • Shakespeare at Play (Burbank, California) for "Shakespeare Enabled,"; a series of professional development workshops, residencies, and performances that make the works of Shakespeare accessible to all students.