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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Receives Prestigious Hearst Foundations Grant

Grant to Support the Nurturing and Developing of Artistic Talent and the Engagement of Young People in the Performing Arts in the Dayton Area

CONTACT: Angela Whitehead 
Communications and Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 

DAYTON, OH (Oct. 21, 2016) — The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) is proud to announce that the organization has received a grant from The Hearst Foundations in the amount of $50,000 to implement an arts education model integrating ballet, opera, and symphonic music into K-12 classrooms, after-school programs, and performance venues, addressing academic content standards, increased accessibility, and appreciation for the performing arts.

The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of Education, Health, Culture and Social Service. Their goal is to ensure that people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. The charitable goals of the Foundations reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst. 

When deciding which organizations will receive grants in the category of Culture, The Hearst Foundations look to fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those that enable engagement by young people and create a lasting impression. The Hearst Foundations also fund select programs focused on nurturing and developing artistic talent.

“The Hearst Foundations are pleased to make this grant to the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance,” said George B. Irish, Eastern Director of The Hearst Foundations. “We applaud the fact that three premier arts organizations in Dayton have joined together in such an efficient manner, and we are impressed with the leadership of this merged organization and the overall quality of the arts programming they are offering to the Dayton community.  The DPAA’s ability to integrate ballet, opera and symphonic music in the K-12 classrooms and after-school programs is certainly an innovative approach to bringing a wide range of art into the classroom, and this unique model fits precisely with the goals of our Foundations.  We look forward to seeing how the DPAA continues to inspire the youth of the Dayton community in the arts.” 

The Hearst Foundations are able to fund only approximately 20% of all grant requests, and only about 20% of all grants awarded by The Hearst Foundations are targeted for new grantees.  Preference is given to institutions that offer artist development and training and arts education programs that effectively fill the void of arts programming in K-12 curricula. This year will be the first year that the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance has received a Hearst Foundations grant .

“We are honored and humbled to receive this generous grant from the Hearst Foundations,” said Paul Helfrich, DPAA President & CEO. “We will use this grant to further integrate our education programs across all three art forms, in keeping with our status as the nation’s only combined professional ballet company, opera company, and orchestra. The support of the Hearst Foundations will allow us to explore new  directions, as well as strengthening existing programs.”        

The DPAA’s existing education programs are designed to connect vocal and instrumental music and dance to classroom curricula and specific Ohio Department of Education standards across a variety of subjects. These programs currently engage more than 75,000 students and classroom teachers from 158 schools in 11 counties in programs that span the academic year. Support from The Hearst Foundations will enable DPAA to strengthen these programs by improving artist and teacher training, engaging more artists in the schools, and providing outstanding integrated arts opportunities. 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance stands among a list of premier arts organizations across the nation that have received support from The Hearst Foundations.  Prior recipients include performing arts organizations such as Oregon Ballet Theatre, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Metropolitan Opera Association, and The Cincinnati Ballet Company.

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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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