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Advocate for Arts Education in Illinois
A Note from Program Director Brenda K. Fineberg

Chances are, if you are a supporter of Foundations of Music, you don't need to be convinced about the value of arts education.  We are at a critical moment, however, for you to take action that supports this conviction, and that will garner additional support for arts programs in schools.

Not long ago, the No Child Left Behind Act was replaced with new legislation about education, called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  One of the critical changes in the new law is that it replaces the idea of "Common Core" with a "Well-Rounded Education," and that it specifically calls out music and the arts as essential components of this well-rounded education.  By including these subject areas, access to Title I funds for these types of learning programs are guaranteed.
 
While this is great news overall, it is actually not a guarantee that our students will receive arts education.  ESSA requires states to determine for themselves what specific areas to include in their definition of a "Well-Rounded Education."   By contacting your district's state senator and representative, and asking them to include music and the arts as part of the definition, you can help make sure our state is fully committed to its students artistic endeavors.
 
To find out how to contact your local legislator, use this link: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
 
For more information about what to say, or how to say it, you can contact me.  I'm happy to share with you a letter you can send directly on, or to provide some coaching about how to have a conversation with your officials.  Alternatively, you can read more on Arts Alliance Illinois's website, http://www.artsalliance.org/advocacy.
 
Thank you as always for your support.  The time to take action is now!
 
Sincerely,
Brenda K. Fineberg
Program Director
 
 

ANDREW BIRD SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Justin Petrovych, Junior at the Chicago High School for the Arts

Justin Petrovych is the winner of the 2016 Andrew Bird Scholarship at the Chicago High School for the Arts. A percussionist, Justin has been playing musical instruments since the age of 4. In addition to his skills as an instrumentalist, he has also taken an interest in composing.

Justin was selected as the winner of the Andrew Bird Scholarship by a panel of judges, including Chicago-area professional musicians, Foundations of Music staff, and Mr. Andrew Bird. Justin will receive two years of scholarship funds to pursue his education. Congratulations!

The Andrew Bird Scholarship is an annual audition-based scholarship program that provides private music lessons to a student enrolled at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts).


TEACHING ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
Charles Rumback

Charles Rumback is a drummer, composer and session musician. He has recorded work as a leader for Clean Feed Records and ears & eyes Records. Charles has recorded and toured extensively in the US and internationally working as a collaborator with musicians from a variety of backgrounds.

Charles graduated with a degree in Jazz Composition from Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2007. He has been teaching piano and drums to students of all ages and abilities for over 10 years. Charles helped create the Jazz Ensemble-in-Residence program at Foundations of Music in 2014.

Catch Charles perform at the Chicago Jazz Festival on Sunday, September 4, at 1:10pm!


BOARD SPOTLIGHT
Jason Wright, Board of Directors

Jason Wright is a member of our Board of Directors and was the founding member of our Associate Board. A veteran in sales with Capital One Bank and Signature Financial, he currently works as the Regional Vice President for LeasePlan USA and maintains a client base of Fortune 1000 companies in the region. Born in Colorado, Jason grew up in Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois. Chicago has been his home for 15 years. He and his wife, Heather, and their dog, Willis, are residents of Logan Square.


GRANT SPOTLIGHT
Illinois Arts Council gives $8,200 Grant

The Illinois Arts Council is a government agency of the state of Illinois formed to encourage development of the arts throughout the state. Founded in 1965 by the General Assembly, the IAC provides both financial and technical assistance to artists, arts organizations, and community organizations with arts programming.

Foundations of Music is proud to be partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


SAVE THE DATE
Rock for Kids 28th Annual Auction

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016
Featuring this year's Honoree
RADIO LEGEND NORM WINER
7-11PM  |  Park West


 

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