Menendez Announces $95,000 In Funding For The Bergen Performing Arts Center

Menendez Announces $95,000 In Funding For The Bergen Performing Arts Center

Funds will finance creation of model arts education plan

Washington - Today, US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced that the Bergen Performing Arts Center has been granted $95,000 in federal funding for an innovative project to create a arts education plan that can serve as a model for the state and rest of the country. Awarded through the Department of Education's "Fund for the Improvement of Education", bergenPAC's plan for creating a model arts education program utilizes traditional arts partnerships and internet based technologies to ensure equal access to the arts and culture for young people in the community. The plan will then be replicated and shared via the internet in other performing arts centers throughout the country.

"An arts education helps the development of our children, which is important for our economic and cultural future. At times, youth from families of modest means find it difficult to access an arts education, which is why it is important that this program will benefit youth regardless of socio-economic background. By ensuring our youth has access to this kind of educational initiative, we are not only fostering their future, we are also helping ensure our arts sector remains alive and continues thriving."

The Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE) provides authority for the Secretary of Education to support nationally significant programs to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education at the state and local levels and to help all students meet challenging state academic content standards and student achievement standards. FIE also supports grants to nonprofit organizations that have been identified by the Congress in appropriations legislation.