AmeriCorps takes Philly's artist-in-schools program national

September 12, 2017
The Philadelphia Inquirer (PA)

With major new funding from a federal agency in hand, a Philadelphia service group in the arts is going national. ArtistYear has been operating since 2014, placing a few recent college graduates into Philadelphia schools each year as teaching fellows. This year, the program will expand to 25 full-time fellows who will teach music, art, dance, creative writing, and media arts in low-income schools in Queens, N.Y., and Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, as well as Philadelphia. A big boost to the program comes through AmeriCorps, part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which has awarded ArtistYear a three-year, $1.45 million grant and extended certain benefits to the teaching fellows.

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