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Mayerson Foundation Awarded Prestigious Grant
From the National Endowment for the Arts

The Mayerson Foundation has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for its Artistic Excellence Program. The Program sponsors master artists and artists-in-residence who present master classes for students at the new School for Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA), the nation’s only K-12 public school of the arts. “NEA support marks a new phase in our efforts to assure that world-class arts education takes place in the world-class facility in which our community has made such a profound investment”, said Dr. Neal H. Mayerson, President of The Mayerson Foundation.

The $45,000 grant from the NEA will be matched by $45,000 from the Foundation to fund seven master artists, 7 resident musicians from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and 9 dance workshops from the Cincinnati Ballet during the 2012-13 school year. “NEA grants are extremely competitive,” said Jeff Seibert, Grants Officer for The Mayerson Foundation. “We believe this to be one of the largest grants from the Arts Education Program at the NEA equaled only by a grant last year to the Interlochen Center for the Arts. SCPA is in good company,” added Mr. Seibert.

Manuel D. Mayerson (left) and Maestro Erich Kunzel of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. It was Maestro Kunzel’s vision to build a state-of-the-art public school of the arts near Music Hall where students could learn from the musicians in the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras. Both gentlemen have passed – Mr. Mayerson only last month, but their vision is now a reality.

World famous pianist, Emanuel Ax, presented a master class at SCPA earlier this year as part of the Mayerson Foundation’s Artistic Excellence Program. He is pictured above with SCPA Senior, Megan Steele.

The gleaming curve of the new SCPA can be in in the center above. Anchor for a revitalized urban core, the $72 million SCPA complex sits adjacent to the soon-to-be-completed Washington Park, and just south of Music Hall, home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, and Cincinnati Opera.

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