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2017-06-14New York CityKailey McGarvey | 646.695.7046 | NEA Awards More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide, Including $60,000 awarded to The Metropolitan Opera Guild New York, NY [June 14, 2017]—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $60,000 to The Metropolitan Opera Guild to support opera-based teaching and learning in public elementary schools in New York City and New Jersey. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. “The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as The Metropolitan Opera Guild, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”  “We are so grateful to receive this grant, and to expand the reach of our educational programs,” said Thomas M. Martin, Managing Director at The Metropolitan Opera Guild. “Our opera-based learning programs allow students and educators to build skills in the arts while also exploring creativity, communication and collaborative problem solving. It has been proven time and time again to drastically increase students’ test scores and engagement.”  The project emphasizes partnerships between classroom teachers and Metropolitan Opera Guild teaching artists, who collaborate to design and deliver a year-long program of arts instruction that is integrated with classroom curriculum. Composers, librettists, and other opera professionals will collaborate with classroom teachers to guide students through writing, composing, staging, and performing their own operas at a culminating event. Classroom teachers and music specialists will receive professional development in the principles of opera-based training, build their own music skills and knowledge of opera, and learn to facilitate the creative process with students. Many of the students and teachers will also have an opportunity to attend a final dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera.  A recent four-year research project (The Comprehensive Opera-Based Arts Learning and Teaching (COBALT) program), studied the link between increased student achievement due to participation in opera-based learning. The COBALT study demonstrated the overwhelmingly positive impact of the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s arts education programs in New York City public schools.  For more information about the study click here.  To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring17. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to  About The Metropolitan Opera Guild:  The Metropolitan Opera Guild is the world’s premier arts education organization dedicated to enriching people’s lives through the magic and artistry of opera. The Guild fosters personal expression, confidence, literacy and collaboration in children with customized education programs integrated into the curriculum of their schools, and builds a deeper appreciation of opera in adults through workshops and community programs, and by publishing Opera News, the world’s leading opera magazine. Through its unique relationship with the Metropolitan Opera, the Guild offers all audiences unique access to the artists, performances and majesty of one of the world’s most renowned performing arts companies. For more information about The Metropolitan Opera Guild and its programs, visit   
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