$8,595 MRCDC: Middle School Arts Education Pilot
PROJECT: Middle School Arts Education Project
PROGRAM: 2015 Small & Simple Grants
GRANTEE: McKees Rocks CDC
Due to severe budgetary restrictions, the Sto-Rox school district has been unable to offer any performing arts electives to its students for the past several years. To address this deficiency, the MRCDC is facilitating a collaboration between the Sto-Rox Middle School and local arts professionals to provide students with a quality arts education.
As part of this collaboration, the Middle School will identify 12 students- all of whom have demonstrated a keen interest in the arts- to take part in a comprehensive art course at the Father Ryan Arts Center. From January to May for twice a week/ over 18 weeks, students will learn and practice set design, videography, song, writing, dancing and stage managing. Six seasoned professionals will teach these mini courses. Upon the Initiatives’ completion, the 12 middle schoolers will perform their self-described and self-executed show in three locations: Sto-Rox High School, Middle School and the Father Ryan Arts Center. Family and community members who attend the show will see the vast potential that exists in the new but dramatically under-utilized $5 million Arts Center.