National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grant to ABC

Activities Beyond the Classroom is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Challenge America award of $10,000. This grant will support the 2024 Cincinnati Public Schools International Jazz Festival, enabling over 120 CPS students to engage in a full day of jazz-related activities which culminates with a performance on the main stage at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

In total, the NEA will award 257 Challenge America awards totaling $2,570,000 that were announced as part of its first round of fiscal year 2024 grants. “The NEA is delighted to announce this grant to Activities Beyond the Classroom, which is helping contribute to the strength and well-being of the arts sector and local community,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “We are pleased to be able to support this community and help create an environment where all people have the opportunity to live artful lives.”

“ABC is thrilled to be chosen as a recipient by the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts,” said ABC’s Executive Director, Sally Grimes. “It is a tremendous honor for the CPS International Jazz Festival to receive this remarkable recognition and ABC extends our most heartfelt thanks to the NEA for their invaluable support. We eagerly anticipate delivering an outstanding event for Cincinnati students on March 9th!”

More about the 2024 CPS International Jazz Festival

The 4th edition of the CPS International Jazz Festival is set to take place on Saturday, March 9, 2024. The event offers student musicians a comprehensive day filled with jazz-related activities. During the afternoon, participants engage in intimate master classes led by seasoned jazz musicians, providing valuable insights to enhance their mastery of instruments. In the evening, students have the opportunity to showcase their talents on the main stage of the Aronoff Center for the Arts, performing alongside these accomplished professionals. This year’s performance will feature a special appearance from acclaimed Japanese violinist, Tomoko Omura.

Students can take part in this event at absolutely no cost, and the evening performance is also open to everyone for free, ensuring accessibility for all.