New World School of the Arts Receives $30,000 from the AETNA Foundation to Fund Summer Program

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The Aetna Foundation awards New World School of the Arts a $30,000 grant for the school’s Summer Arts Academy program

MIAMI---New World School of the Arts received a $30,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation, announced Lourdes Werner,  Orlando Mendoza, VP Strategic Development (Miami) Aetna Insurance; Mercedes Quiroga, NWSA Provost; Nohemi Lopez, Regional Director Aetna Insurance; John Schmitz, NWSA Executive Board Chair; Abbey Chase, NWSA Foundation Board Chair; Frederic Conde, NWSA High School Principal. Director of Student Services at NWSA. The much needed funds will be used to offer South Florida high school students (11th and 12th graders) the opportunity to attend New World School of the Arts during a two-week SUMMER ARTS ACADEMY program from June 9 through June 20, 2008.
 
“This is the first time The Aetna Foundation partners with NWSA and we are thrilled! These funds will enable NWSA to once again offer this very exciting and unique arts program which includes a varied and novel syllabus aimed at preparing students for upcoming college auditions and portfolio preparation. Thanks to the generosity of the Aetna Foundation NWSA will be able to offer an additional fifty scholarships to talented at risk youth from low-income families who otherwise would not be able to afford this unique opportunity. Last year we offered the Summer Arts Academy program to 43 students, from which 37 were funded by scholarships. This year we hope to have over 100 students attending the program,” concluded Werner.
 
In a statement by Nohemi Alarcon, Aetna Regional Director Southeast Emerging Markets, Alarcón stated, “We strongly believe that corporations have an obligation to their communities; Miami-Dade is a very important community for Aetna.  Our commitment with this community is a serious one, that’s why we are opening here a new local office or partnering with respectful institutions such as the New World School of the Arts; their mission coincides with one of Aetna’s foundation, which is to support the arts, education and people in need…to listen to the voices of difference that shape our nation.”
 
The cost of the two-week Summer Arts Academy program at NWSA is $600 and includes all arts materials, lessons and activities; however, the scholarship students will participate completely free of charge. Lunch and snacks will be provided and each student will receive a bus pass and/or Metrorail pass to facilitate transportation to and from NWSA and/or free parking.
 
The program provides for a low student to teacher ratio to assure personalized instruction by the professional artist/faculty so students receive high artistic quality instruction and experience. The Summer Arts Academy includes field trips and cultural enrichment sessions. Proposed trips include the Miami Art Museum and backstage tour of the Performing Arts Center. The Arts Academy will culminate in a free Student Showcase Performance by all of the Summer Arts participants.
 
Proposed 2008 Summer Arts Academy curriculum includes: DANCE - daily technique classes and repertory. Students will receive exceptional training in both ballet and modern dance techniques and will work with a guest choreographer on a repertory piece to be presented in a Showcase Performance. MUSIC - a two-week immersion in strings in order to prepare students for college auditions. THEATER - will focus on basic fundamental skills in acting, voice, and dance to prepare students for college auditions. VISUAL ARTS - students will gain experience in the different fields of visual art in preparation for their college portfolios. Each student will experience a variety of mediums such as drawing, painting, digital photography and graphic design.
 
The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Founded in 1972, the Foundation helps build healthy communities by promoting volunteerism, forming partnerships and funding initiatives that improve the quality of life where our employees and customers live and work. The Aetna Foundation is committed to improve the lives of Miami-Dade residents by working and investing volunteer and financial resources on local organizations.
 
The NWSA 2007 Summer Arts Academy was funded in part by The Children’s Trust Foundation and The Miami Marlins Foundation.       
 
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
 
Further information available by calling the NWSA Student Services at (305) 237-3472. www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
 
Photo caption: left to right: Orlando Mendoza, VP Strategic Development (Miami) Aetna Insurance; Mercedes Quiroga, NWSA Provost; Nohemi Lopez, Regional Director Aetna Insurance; John Schmitz, NWSA Executive Board Chair; Abbey Chase, NWSA Foundation Board Chair; Frederic Conde, NWSA High School Principal.