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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Grant to Support Q the Music Focused on the Musical, Creative, Academic, and Social growth of Area Youth


Angela Whitehead
Interim Communications & Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Dayton Ballet / Dayton Opera / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
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DAYTON, OH (April 28, 2014) — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced on April 16, 2014 that Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to be awarded an NEA Art Works grant. DPAA is receiving a $10,000 grant to support its Q the Music Program, a daily, tuition-free, after-school El Sistema-inspired orchestra program supporting the musical, creative, academic, and social growth of at-promise youth in Dayton, Ohio.

Dayton Philharmonic’s Q the Music Program provides string instruction every afternoon for third and fourth grade students at Dayton Public Schools’ Ruskin PreK-8 School. The program’s core values include: Dedication, Responsibility, Excellence, Integrity and Teamwork.  Students study violin, viola or cello both as part of a small group sectional and as an orchestra.  In addition, students and their families have the opportunity to attend live Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and Youth Orchestra performances several times throughout the season. “Q the Music provides children with an extraordinary experience. They become part of a very special community with two goals: to make beautiful music and to care about and support one another,” says Dayton Philharmonic Professional Musician and Q the Music Program Coordinator and Viola Teacher Leslie Dragan.

NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The NEA is pleased to announce that DPAA is receiving an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape."

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from NEA for Q the Music,” said DPAA Education Director Gloria Pugh.  “This financial assistance will allow us to build upon the success of our first two years as we continue to impact the lives of more and more students in the Dayton area through the avenue of music.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts.  The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.

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