17th Year of the Program to Support Programming for School Audiences and Young People in Juvenile Justice System
Shakespeare in American Communities grantee Montana Shakespeare in the Parks conducts a post show workshop at Chief Joseph Middle School in Bozeman, MT. Photo by Adrian Sanchez Gonzalez.
Minneapolis, MN – Arts Midwest today announced the recipients of $1 million in Shakespeare in American Communities: Schools grants to 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies from 25 states and the District of Columbia. Arts Midwest also announced the first seven grantees in an initiative to expand the National Endowment for the Arts’ long-standing Shakespeare in American Communities program into the juvenile justice system. Shakespeare in American Communities: Juvenile Justice will provide $170,000 in federal funds specifically earmarked for programming for young people in the U.S. criminal justice system over the next year.
The awards mark the seventeenth consecutive year of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program managed by Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Since the program’s inception in 2003, Shakespeare in American Communities has introduced more than three million middle and high school students to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare through performances and educational activities.