Blackwing Foundation Ignite the Arts grants provide our Partners or individual schools funding to expand their arts and music educational curriculum in new and powerful ways.  In many cases Ignite the Arts Grants enable schools to return an ongoing arts or music program where they have not been able to provide such offerings in years.

Today, our funding priorities support adoption of following programs offered by our current Arts & Music Education Partners:

  • Little Kids Rock - Modern Band Program

    As a National Partner Little Kids Rock supports over 200,000 students nationwide through musical instruments, teacher training and other resources designed around it’s Modern Band curriculum.

  • Artists in Schools - San Joaquin County Office of Education

    Currently the Blackwing Foundation is partnering with the SJCOE’s existing Artists in School program in a pilot project at two area schools to expand to a progressive learning curriculum covering 100% of students at each school in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.  This will assure exposure to a broad arts and music experience over three years to students at schools which have had no prior arts or music curriculum at all.

  • The O’Connor Method - New American School of String Playing

    Beginning in 2018 the Blackwing Foundation will offer Ignite the Arts Grants directly to schools looking to adopt this creative and successful strings instrument program developed by world renowned violinist Mark O’Connor.  The O’Connor Method focuses not just on developing technical proficiency, but also improvisational skills and creativity, while also increasing historical and multi-cultural learning and relevance through an emphasis on our strong American musical heritage.

Learn more about each of these programs and relevant Ignite the Arts Grants requirements associated with each program on the individual Partner pages.