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Koppell alots arts funding

Councilman Oliver Koppell has allocated $142,000 from his discretionary Council funds to Bronx arts organizations that provide cultural programs in his district.  A portion of  these funds are for school programs that bring enrichment and the opportunity to learn a musical instrument to young people in district schools. Organizations that provide in-school programs include:

Music Outreach - Conducts early childhood music and literacy workshops in four district elementary schools where, “The children absolutely loved it!, according to the staff of PS 207.    

Roundabout Theatre - Brings Broadway to MS/HS 141 students.

The Bronx Arts Ensemble - Provides violin instruction to students in PS 8 & P 56 in Norwood, where the principal spoke of the program as “Fabulous!”

After-school programs are being provided by the following organizations with funds Koppell has allocated through the Council’s CASA  program.

DreamYard - Directs an after-school program at PS 7 where students learn video production.

Renaissance E.M.S.-  Provides band and choral instruction to students in after-school programs at Jonas Bronck Academy and the Bronx Dance Academy.  

The Bronx Arts Ensemble- Conducts an after-school program PS 16 in Wakefield that provides musical enrichment and an opportunity for students to perform.

All programs have received rave revues from staff and students who consider it a “privilege to have been chosen to participate in these culturally enriching and exciting programs.” 

In addition, Koppell’s funds support organizations that bring free or low-cost performances to area residents.  These include:

Bronx Opera & Bronx Orchestra - Performs operas at the Lehman Center for the Arts and holds  musical events in the homes of community residents.

Bronx Symphony -  Provides an opportunity for area residents to enjoy classical performances in a local venue.

Riverdale Jewish Festival of the Arts  - Sponsors a week-long program of music, films, dance, books, panels, arts and crafts at the Riverdale YM-YWHA and other venues throughout Riverdale.

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