Kids’ Orchestra Afterschool Program Selected to Implement New Curriculum from Jazz at Lincoln Center

Kids’ Orchestra Afterschool Program Selected to Implement New Curriculum from Jazz at Lincoln Center

14 sites selected nationwide for new initiative to engage youth in learning

FEATURED IMAGE: LaSalle Elementary Principal Lontarris William, KO Education Director Sam Trevathan, LaSalle Site Coordinator Betty Cade and students, Charles, Shilah, Kailani; Charge, and Jacelyn participating in the pilot Jazz at Lincoln Center Afterschool Content (JALC-AC) curriculum.

KO Program Manager Erica LeJeune and students Jacelyn and Kailani participating in the pilot Jazz at Lincoln Center Afterschool Content (JALC-AC) curriculum.

BATON ROUGE, LA (May 23, 2019) — Kids’ Orchestra (KO) was selected as part of a nationwide initiative to help young people develop knowledge and skills in new ways, in this case through jazz music.  The program was nominated by Andrew Ganucheau with the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning (LACAL).

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Afterschool Content (JALC-AC) is the exciting result of a unique partnership forged between Jazz at Lincoln Center and Foundations, Inc., a partnership funded by The C.S. Mott Foundation. Fusing their organizational expertise, they have developed more than 20 hours of innovative jazz content that aims to make jazz accessible to all after-school participants, regardless of either the students’ or the staff’s innate, or garnered, musical ability.

LaSalle students Tanya and Charge participating in the pilot Jazz at Lincoln Center Afterschool Content (JALC-AC) curriculum.

“Music education is at the core of the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission,” said Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center managing and artistic director and a renowned trumpeter whose work has been recognized with nine Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize for Music and a host of other accolades. “For 30 years, our programs have helped ensure children and their caregivers, regardless of socioeconomic status, have access to world-class arts and cultural programming. To continue that tradition, I wanted to work with after-school programs to help kids learn more about the history and culture of this uniquely American art form.”

“We support after-school networks in all 50 states, and we’re always on the lookout for outstanding partners who can help deliver great learning opportunities to our nation’s kids,” said Ridgway H. White, president and CEO of the Mott Foundation.

Kids’ Orchestra’s Education Director, Sam Trevathan, will implement the pilot program of the JALC-AC with select KO students at LaSalle Elementary. Special thanks to participating families, Principal Lontarris William, and LaSalle staff for allowing us onto their campus. Sam will offer refinements for the national roll-out of the program later this year.

About Kids’ Orchestra (KO)

Baton Rouge-based Kids’ Orchestra’s mission is to impact children’s lives by creating a sense of community through after-school musical training and enrichment programs. KO is the largest after-school music program for elementary-age students in the nation. In its eighth year, the program provides nearly 800 students from public, private, and charter schools from all corners of East Baton Rouge Parish the opportunity to study instruments of the orchestra, perform in an ensemble, and/or sing in a choir. To learn more visit

About Jazz at Lincoln Center

The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and guest artists spanning genres and generations, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of performance, education and broadcast events each season in its home in New York City (Frederick P. Rose Hall, “The House of Swing”) and around the world, for people of all ages. Jazz at Lincoln Center is led by Chairman Robert J. Appel, Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, and Executive Director Greg Scholl.

About the Mott Foundation

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the United States and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Education, Environment and Flint Area. In addition to Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg and London. With year-end assets of approximately $2.7 billion in 2016, the Foundation made 405 grants totaling more than $120 million.

About Foundations, Inc.

Foundations, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to improving educational experiences for America’s children and youth – throughout the day, everywhere they learn. Partnering with education and community leaders, Foundations supports those who enhance the lives and prospects of our most vulnerable children. As the resource for building educational capacity, Foundations meets the unique needs of our clients with a wide range of services and products, from professional development and customized technical assistance to business services and targeted program materials. All of our offerings are solidly grounded in practice. By operating select programs and schools throughout our region, we can innovate, implement and refine-then share what works with others.

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