Broadway Junior Musical Theater Program
As the undisputed arts and culture capital of the world, New York City is home to a vibrant artistic and creative community which forges enriching partnerships with our city's public schools. This year, The Shubert Foundation surpassed $4 million in total giving to The Fund for Public Schools to support arts education. The Shubert Foundation's support has evolved and grown over the past 11 years, and the organization currently supports three major initiatives dedicated to nurturing New York City's aspiring student artists, enhancing arts education for all students, as well as supporting school leaders and teachers of the arts.
Perhaps one of the most exciting programs for students that Shubert supports within New York City schools is The Shubert Foundation/Music Theater International (Shubert/MTI) Broadway Junior program. Shubert/MTI Broadway Junior brings musical theater into middle schools identified as needing significant arts supports, creating an environment for both students and the arts to flourish. Broadway Junior is an after-school program made possible through a unique partnerships among MTI, the New York City Department of Education (DOE), and The Shubert Foundation. Last year alone, the program provided more than 2,500 students from fifty-eight different schools across the city the opportunity to put on a Broadway show of their own. Past productions have included Aladdin, Annie, Seussical, Thoroughly Modern Millie and many more. Previous hosts for the end-of-year Student Celebration on Broadway have included Daniel Radcliffe, Nick Jonas and Denzel Washington.
Gilleyan Hargrove, Principal of M.S. 584 in Brooklyn, a returning second year recipient of the Shubert/MTI Broadway Junior program has this to say about the program: "The skills honed through rehearsals, studying scripts and learning music have helped our young people become more confident as students. They have grown academically, socially and creatively. And the school community and environment are brighter, happier and more collegial."
In addition to Broadway Junior, the Shubert Foundation also makes possible the annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival. The festival highlights quality theater productions in New York City High Schools, 24 of which were celebrated in 2015-2016 school year.
The Shubert Foundation also supports the DOE's partnership with ArtsConnection, which served more than 2,000 students in 2015-16, and thousands more over the last 11 years. This program provides students with the opportunity to access theater programs within their own elementary and middle schools. Additionally, the Foundation supports training for theater teachers that not only builds their theater expertise, but helps connect the skills and knowledge that students are building in art classes with what they are learning in literacy and math. And to make sure that principals know how to support and improve arts programs in their schools, the "Shubert Arts Leadership Institute" provides principals with concrete resources, program models and intervisitation opportunities through a series of workshops.