Activity-specific grants have been awarded to the following organizations for activities either currently underway or that will be launched in the months ahead:  Muse Machine, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, K 12 Gallery & TEJAS, and, the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus.

The Muse Machine will be able to expand its arts-integrated residency program during the 2023-24 academic year thanks to a Rosenthal Foundation grant in the amount of $19,400. The expansion will include 4 Dayton Public Schools with a focus on PreK through Grade 2. The schools that have asked to be included are Belle Haven Elementary, Charity Adams Early Girls Academy, the International School at Residence Park, and Ruskin Elementary. Teacher-Artist Beth Wright will work with the classroom teachers to provide in-classroom experiences that address the residency’s educational goals. These four residencies will culminate in a performance by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

An award of $45,000 will enable the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company to acquire, restage and perform Paul Taylor’s Esplanade, one of the most classical beloved master works in the modern contemporary dance cannon.  The work premiered in New York in 1975.  DCDC will become the first African American dance company to receive this classic work into its repertoire.  The work will be presented at the Victoria Theatre during the weekend of February 17-18, 2024.

Photo credit: Tom Patterson
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s $100,000 grant allows the Q the Music program to continue into its second school year in northwest Dayton.  The program, launched in January 2023, is centered at Ruskin Elementary School.  The goal of this daily, tuition-free, after school orchestra program is to provide students a deeply immersive experience learning a musical instrument and opening a clear path to a college education.

A $15,000 grant to K 12 Gallery and TEJAS will help underwrite program costs for a new project entitled “Social-emotional learning through art with Miami Valley Child Development Centers”.  Children enrolled in the program will also be enrolled in the MVDC’s Head Start Program.  The goal of the project is to teach children, ages 3-5, how to use art to visually express and communicate their emotions, rather than acting out with aggressive, destructive, harmful behaviors.

The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus will present a country music concert in June 2024 featuring Grammy-nominated recording artist Ty Herndon.  The concert is a collaboration between Mr. Herndon and the Chorus.  Part of the concert will present Ty Herndon in solo performance, and part of the concert will be the Chorus and Ty Herndon presenting his arrangements.  The concert will be presented at the Dayton Masonic Center.  Check the DGMC’s website for tickets that most likely will sell fast.