CONTACT: Alexandra Oliver-Dávila, Executive Director
[BOSTON - December 15, 2016]—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to Sociedad Latina for Viva La Cultura!. The Challenge America category supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Sociedad Latina, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”
"We are so honored to have been recommended for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts which will allow us to celebrate the diverse Latino cultural traditions during Latino Heritage Month," explained Alexandra Oliver-Dávila, Executive Director of Sociedad Latina. "Our celebrations are an opportunity for Boston's youth, families, partners and community members to enjoy music, art and dance, and to come together as a community."
Sociedad Latina's Viva La Cultura! is a multi-tiered, community-based arts initiative, which offers youth ages 6-18 in Boston opportunities to engage in arts exploration and pathways to artistic mastery and lifelong arts engagement. Our pipeline of activities is designed to sustain youth arts engagement over time, through school day music education for Boston Public School students, after school and weekend community arts classes, a pathway to music mastery, career exploration in the arts, and arts and cultural celebrations for our community. Viva La Cultura directly serves more than 500 youth annually, with hundreds more attending arts and cultural celebrations and events. Our pipeline of arts programs are organized to engage and meet the needs of a wide range of youth artists at various skill and interest levels, with diverse opportunities for youth to explore a range of artistic mediums and pursue pathways to artistic mastery over time.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
About Sociedad Latina
Since 1968, Sociedad Latina has worked in partnership with youth and families to create the next generation of Latino leaders who are confident, competent, self-sustaining and proud of their cultural heritage. Operating under this mission, we have developed an innovative youth development model called Pathways to Success, which engages youth over the long-term (ages 11-21) and builds skills in four areas identified by our youth and families as most in need of support: Education, Workforce Development, Civic Engagement and Arts & Culture. For more than 40 years, Sociedad Latina has served Latino youth and the community of Boston, pioneering new and innovative solutions to end the destructive cycles of poverty, health disparities, racism and lack of educational and professional opportunities in our community. Our comprehensive programs allow us to successfully guide youth through middle school, high school, college and beyond, and to create progressive change in our community. Our model is culturally relevant, bilingual and rooted in the community.
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