The Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Awards, held Oct. 21 in New York City, honored the CMA Foundation with its Arts Education Award. The honor recognizes the CMA Foundation’s commitment to improving and advancing arts education in public schools, after-school programs, summer camps and more.
The honor was presented to CMA Foundation Exec. Director Tiffany Kerns and to CMA/CMA Foundation Board Member Chris Young during the event. Others honored during the evening included musician Ben Folds, painter Luchita Hurtado, the honorable Earle I. Mack, and actor Ben Platt.
“As someone who has experienced firsthand the real benefits of learning music at an early age, I’m honored to help shine a spotlight on the CMA Foundation and the important work they are doing to make music more accessible in our schools,” says Young.
“It is an honor for the CMA Foundation to receive the Arts Education Award,” says Kerns, Executive Director, CMA Foundation. “Our team works passionately to make sure that we are following our ongoing mission of providing high-quality music education in our public schools and help shape the leaders of our future generations.”
“We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of this year’s tremendous group of National Arts Awards honorees – all visionaries in the arts. We honor them for their own artistic contributions and for their advocacy on behalf of creating more opportunity for all to engage with the arts. Their persistence to strengthen the arts in communities across America will continue to serve as an inspiration,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts.
Established in 2011, the CMA Foundation has invested more than $27 million, giving students access to a high-quality music education and providing educators the resources they need to create and sustain thriving programs.
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