Las Vegas Philharmonic Awarded NEA Grant
The Las Vegas Philharmonic has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its Ensemble Music Community Education Initiative. The orchestra was recognized and awarded funds in the Challenge America category, which will award $10,000 each to 134 small or mid-sized organizations in 2017 for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.
With these funds, the Las Vegas Philharmonic will be able to bring small groups of musicians to perform music for seniors in their own communities. Each program is tailored to a different theme-including Russian music, the music of Beethoven, and music of America-and includes an interactive lecture/discussion led by Education Director Dr. Kevin Eberle. The series of concerts will introduce residents of senior living communities to the different sections of the orchestra in an up-close-and-personal setting as well as provide residents with a new way to listen and experience the music they hear.
"These programs, which we have been doing since 2014, prove to be extremely beneficial to the residents of these communities," says Education Director, Dr. Kevin Eberle. "By being able to bring musicians to Las Vegans who perhaps can't otherwise get to one of our concerts provides a great deal of enrichment to their quality of life, both from a cultural and educational perspective."
About the Las Vegas Philharmonic
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued cultural dimension to the city, providing over 19,000 children each year with vital access to a music education program and showcasing local talents alongside stellar nationally and internationally known guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra's core are 76 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic's community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.