Leap Arts in Education

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
Leap Imagination in Learning is an arts education delivery organization, providing high-quality, standards-based arts learning in multiple disciplines. Leap’s residency programs place professional teaching artists in Bay Area elementary schools to enhance the classroom curriculum through creative experiences. Leap’s battery of artist educators is made up of professional performers, musicians, dancers, and visual artists, who work with both teachers and students to learn new concepts and skills. In 2015, Leap conducted residencies in 26 schools, reaching nearly 7,000 students. With continued support, Leap will strengthen its operational capacities; redevelop its evaluation and assessment tools; and launch Leap Lab, a new program aimed at rapid in-classroom response to pressing social issues.
About the Grantee
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PO Box 427005, San Francisco, CA, 94142, United States
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for general operating support  
Leap Arts in Education provides standards-based arts learning in multiple disciplines. The organization’s residency programs place professional teaching artists in schools to provide customized programs that are relevant to students’ unique needs. In a typical academic year, its artists residencies serve over 8,000 mostly low-income K-8 students in 25 Bay Area schools. Leap Arts in Education conducts rigorous evaluations and provides professional development for its teaching artists, helping to advance educational equity and transform arts education in the region. Support of Leap Arts in Education aligns with the Performing Arts Program’s Youth strategy through its Program Delivery substrategy.
for general operating support  
Leap Imagination in Learning was founded in 1979 in response to California’s Proposition 13, which dramatically reduced state funding for education, effectively eliminating the arts from public elementary schools. Each year, the organization works with professional teaching artists to provide high-quality standards-based arts education opportunities in multiple disciplines to K-12 students during the school day. In the 2012-2013 school year alone, Leap artists conducted seventy-five in-school classroom residencies for thirty-two schools, 297 classrooms and 7,425 students across the Bay Area. With support from the Hewlett Foundation, the organization plans to strengthen its professional development program for teaching artists, increase and enhance program staff support at schools, and diversify and grow its funding streams.

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