The nonprofit Black Violin Foundation (BVF) works with youth in their communities by providing access to quality music programs that encourage creativity. The organization’s long-term goal is to empower youth to color outside the lines and push the boundaries of music through innovation. Through its Musical Innovation Grant, BVF awards scholarships of up to $1,000 biannually to youth who would like to continue their musical education through a program of their liking that fosters musical creativity and innovation. Programs can range from private lessons to summer music camps to college courses. Black Violin will also connect personally with scholarship recipients to provide encouragement and support. BVF is an extension of the vision of hip-hop artists Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste. As young musicians, during school they would study classical compositions, but after school they would play Tupac, Wu-tang, and whatever else was hot at the time. The blending of genres fused with their classical training gives Black Violin their unique sound. Their mission is to help up-and-coming musicians foster creativity to make music in a way that’s never been made before.
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, aged 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. To date, more than $7.8 million has been awarded to 346 brilliant young people. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Outside the Box.
Ken Burns, who has used archival footage and photographs to tell uniquely American stories, has launched a new site for educators called Ken Burns in the Classroom on PBS LearningMedia. The site is an online destination for free teaching and learning resources inspired by his documentaries.
The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the United States by increasing the quality of civics education in the nation’s schools and improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the organization’s website, teachers will find resources from these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.