Grant to fund Arts4Learning Signature Program.

Springboard is very pleased to announce the receipt of a $17,500 grant through Young Audiences to put into effect its Arts4Learning Signature Program. JCPenney recently awarded Young Audiences a grant to support the Arts for Learning (A4L) curriculum and its expansion throughout the affiliate network.

A4L is an innovative, research-based literacy curriculum that blends the creativity and discipline of the arts with learning science to raise student achievement in literacy, mathematics and the arts. Through the JCP Initiative, YA intends to expand and support the implementation of A4L by providing participating affiliates with innovative, research-based tools and strategies that nurture high quality arts integrated instruction. Each participating affiliate will utilize the A4L curriculum and methodology to best meet the needs of their school and community agency partners. The Initiative includes both professional learning opportunities and implementation of the A4L curriculum in school and out of school time settings, and is supported by a new comprehensive online platform that is accessed at

Locally, Springboard plans to secure and train teaching artist/partners in the coming weeks and schedule A4L programs as early as Spring, 2015. For more information, contact Senior Program Director Anthony D’Agostino at or 314-768-9670, ext. 108.