National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail received an NEA ArtWorks grant. The Crooked Road is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support traditional music education in Southwest Virginia.
TCR's Traditional Music Education Program Phase 2 builds upon findings from the program rollout-generating after-school programs, school assembly programs and performance opportunities for the region's youth while strengthening the educational foundation through curricular material distribution, teacher training workshops, and a teacher re-certification course serving a 19-county region of rural Southwest Virginia.
Chairman Landesman said "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs."
"This award strengthens The Crooked Road's work in place-based education by creating opportunities to serve the region's youth through our traditional music," said Jonathan Romeo, project manager. "TCR's Traditional Music Education Program promotes learning that is rooted in what is local-the unique music, history and culture of Southwest Virginia."