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The New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts Opens "Your Start In The Arts" High School Drama Grant Submissions

Celebrating National Arts & Humanities month, The New York Conservatory's "Your Start in the Arts" grant program honors and supports secondary high school educators in drama and theater who have inspired students to follow their passion for the art of storytelling through acting. #NAHM

NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) today proudly announced the opening of its annual "Your Start in the Arts" grant program. Celebrating National Arts & Humanities month, The New York Conservatory's "Your Start in the Arts" grant program honors and supports secondary high school educators in drama and theater who have inspired students to follow their passion for the art of storytelling through acting.

"The New York Conservatory created the 'Your Start in the Arts' grant to honor outstanding high school teachers and drama departments who are making a difference for students pursuing their passion for the performing arts. This is especially critical as funding for drama education in secondary schools continues to be a significant challenge for schools as they look to fulfill their goals of best nurturing and supporting students pursuing careers in dramatic arts," said Richard Omar, president and artistic director at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. "The response to our inaugural grant program demonstrated this need is widespread throughout the U.S., with nearly one thousand submissions sharing their moving and inspiring stories with us. As a result, we are proud to double The New York Conservatory's grant funding in 2019. We look forward to receiving this year's submissions and are thrilled to continue our deep commitment to secondary education in the dramatic arts."    

Starting on October 1, 2019, high school students and alumni will be able to nominate their high school drama department to be considered for a $1,000 grant by completing the nomination form. The New York Conservatory will accept nominations until October 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. Once the nomination period closes, a panel of New York Conservatory actor-faculty will convene to read the submissions. The panel will vote for the ten most compelling cases for support. Grant winners will be notified by email and announced on December 15, 2019.

To learn more about the "Your Start in the Arts" grant program, please visit https://www.nycda.edu/your-start-in-the-arts/. Full grant and participation rules can be found here.

About The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts
The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts enables students to define their unique brand as an actor by discovering who they are as a person. We practice a personalized approach to training that places acting and storytelling at the core--offering immersive, disciplined, and focused professional training programs designed to give students the tools and techniques they need for successful careers in today's industry. Our living curriculum is writing itself every day, created and shaped by NYCDA's working actor instructors and student community to deliver a dynamic learning experience. The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is an institutionally accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. NYCDA's Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree programs in Film and Television Performance, and in Musical Theater Performance are registered by the New York State Board of Regents. Learn more about NYCDA at http://www.nycda.edu.

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