Music and Arts Programs Funded in NWA

May 10, 2017

PRESS RELEASE:

Walmart Foundation awards $37,000 to fund The Salvation Army’s arts and music programs in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest, AR (05/10/17)-  The Walmart Foundation has awarded The Salvation Army $37,000 to use towards their youth music and arts programs in Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers. Each of these cities provides intensive musical training and diverse opportunities for artistic engagement for students who may otherwise not have access to the arts.

The Salvation Army, as an organization, deeply values music as a means for growth, worship, and rehabilitation. In Northwest Arkansas, The Salvation Army offers training in music education and theory, piano, brass band, concert band, dance, drama, and coming this fall, guitar. Through weekly training and instruction, students, even those without musical experience, can take steps towards becoming proficient, even masters, in their area of musical study.

The Walmart Foundation’s investment in these services will help at-risk youth develop a fundamental love for music. It will also help convey the intangible benefits of music education, namely: discipline, goal setting, responsibility and hope for a better future. In addition, students will have a safe and protective environment for constructive artistic growth outside of school.

The grant will serve to provide new musical instruments and instructional supplies, thus, allowing existing programs to grow exponentially in their capacity to reach at-risk youth in Northwest Arkansas.

The grant will also provide 15 scholarships for local youth to attend The Salvation Army Conservatory camp in Oklahoma. This intensive 5-week long, resident training program, takes students with minimal or no musical training and teaches them performance and theory on a musical instrument of their choice. This gives students an outlet for growth and provides them with a chance to pursue music at a higher level. Graduates of Conservatory have received partial and full music scholarships to colleges and universities nationwide, including schools like Julliard.

Take a quick look into the experience at Conservatory!

The Salvation Army of NWA looks forward to an increase in capacity in their music and arts programs made possible by the generous gift of supplies and instruments from the Walmart Foundation.