Colorado Council on the Arts awards Vail Jazz Foundation
VAIL ” The Vail Jazz Foundation announced it has received its biggest matching grant to date of $23,750 from the Colorado Council on the Arts, a state agency.
The Colorado Council on the Art’s largest program, Grants to Artists and Organizations (GAO), provides grants that leverage local support for arts and cultural activities in communities across the state. The grant was awarded to the Vail Jazz Foundation to support its public performance and educational programs that perpetuate jazz by showcasing jazz musicians and developing an interest in playing and listening to jazz with a focus on young musicians and audiences. Particular programs that the grant will support are the Vail Jazz Festival, the Vail Jazz Workshop and Jazz Goes to School.
As part of the Vail Jazz Festival, 12 high-school age musicians from throughout the United States and Canada receive scholarships to participate in a workshop experience that enables them to study intensely with professional musicians as their instructors. The students get one-on-one instruction as well as performance opportunities. To date, 118 students have participated in the workshop, with a number of them returning to the festival as professionals themselves.
Jazz Goes to School offers an innovative and fully integrated approach to teaching music and social studies at the elementary and middle school level. The program is presented free of charge by the VJF to all fourth- and fifth-graders in the public and private schools of Eagle County. Jazz Goes to School fills a void with many important lessons and skills, which reinforces the learning of the standard curriculum and stimulates the students’ creativity in the process.
“With the support of the Colorado Council on the Arts grant, the Vail Jazz Foundation has been able to expand it’s presence in the Vail Valley and continue to expose young audiences to jazz,” said Robin Litt, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. “Additionally, the grant enables us to bring in outstanding up-and-coming musicians to participate in the Vail Jazz Workshop, furthering our goals to provide outstanding educational resources to the nation’s top future jazz musicians. We are truly grateful to the Colorado Council on the Arts for granting us their largest grant this year.”
The Vail Jazz Foundation will present its 12th annual Jazz Festival with free outdoor concerts every Sunday through Aug. 20 at the Vail Farmers’ Market and will culminate with the Labor Day Weekend Party Sept. 1-4. Tickets are now on sale for the Labor Day Weekend Party at http://www.vailjazz.org.