Los Angeles, CA – May 21, 2019 Expanding upon its Stand for the Arts Awards initiative launched in 2017, Ovation, America’s only arts network, recognizes twenty outstanding public schools and school districts in the NYC metropolitan area. The initiative is part of Ovation’s national arts advocacy platform called Stand for the Arts and has committed $100,000 to support these schools. The announcement was made today by Sol Doten, SVP, Content Distribution Marketing, Ovation.
With the support of local elected officials, Ovation recognizes these schools and districts for their commitment to providing a well-rounded education to the youth of New York City and Long Island. Each school/district will receive a $5,000 Stand For The Arts Award to help further deliver quality arts education to their students.
“Ovation believes that everyone should have access to the arts,” said Doten. “We are proud to stand alongside these NYC and Long Island elected officials in honoring these outstanding schools. Through the arts, the creative process teaches students important life skills, from problem solving to decision making. Experiencing and participating in the arts builds self confidence that inspires us all. Ovation strives to support the arts both on and off air in NYC and all across America. As the new home of the legendary NYC institution Inside The Actors Studio, it is important for Ovation to give back to the local community.”
Ovation, along with the respective elected officials, recognizes the following NYC and Long Island schools and school districts:
PS 361K (NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams)
PS 181K (NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams)
MS 907 (Borough President Eric L. Adams)
PS 399 (Senator Kevin Parker, District 21)
Meyer Levin JHS (Senator Kevin Parker, District 21)
CS 55 Benjamin Franklin (Senator Gustavo Rivera, District 33)
PS 89 The Williamsbridge School (Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, District 80)
PS 333 The Longwood Academy of Discovery (Senator Luis R. Sepulveda, District 32)
PS 107 (Councilman Ruben Diaz, District 18)
PS 527 East Side School for Social Action (Assemblymember Dan Quart, District 73)
PS 198 (Assemblymember Dan Quart, District 73)
PS 38 Rosedale (Councilman Donovan Richards, District 31)
PS 228 Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts (Councilman Francisco Moya, District 21)
Corona Arts & Sciences Academy (Councilman Francisco Moya, District 21)
Hillside Arts & Letters Academy (Assemblyman David I. Weprin, District 24)
Copiague Public Schools (Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, District 11)
Wyandanch Union Free School District (Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, District 11)
Valley Stream Central High School District (Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, District 22)
Elmont (Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, District 22)
Sewanhaka (Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, District 22)
“Communities of color have traditionally received the short straw when it comes to arts funding and programming, which is why Ovation’s commitment to expanding its Stand for the Arts initiative is so important to help communities bridge that gap,” said New York City Councilman Donovan Richards. “So many young people miss out on opportunities to find a passion for the arts when we should be exposing our youth to every path possible. I’d like to thank Ovation for their commitment to providing services to communities of color and for bringing their initiative to PS 38 in Rosedale.”
“Last month, I had the pleasure to join the C.S. 55 family as they received a well-deserved award from Ovation TV as part of its Stand for the Arts Awards initiative," said State Senator Gustavo Rivera. "This award will provide C.S. 55, especially its amazing step team, important opportunities to further achieve their goals. I want to thank Ovation TV for recognizing the important role arts play in our schools, especially in underserved communities, in providing students with a well-rounded education.”
“We are grateful for Ovation’s generous grant and for Councilman Richards’ continued support,” added Julie Soussis, Principal of PS 38Q - The Rosedale School. “Infusing art in our curriculum has transformed our school. Art deepens our students’ understanding of the curriculum. Just as importantly, art has allowed our students to express themselves in a variety of ways. It is a pure joy to see them shine.”
In addition, Ovation will feature a number of these schools in public service announcements to run on-air and online, promoting the Stand For The Arts initiative. These PSAs will also be available on the Ovation NOW App.
PS 38 PSA: https://youtu.be/OHjIZ_INRik
CS 55 PSA: https://youtu.be/_sgw4ArSzxU
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