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National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grant to CSO

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

CSO Executive Director Samantha Teter said “We are thrilled to be recipients of an NEA grant, the CSO’s first in over ten years.  Our education program is one of the largest arts education programs in the region and reaches more than 25,000 students each year. We’re proud that the NEA considers our education programs as ‘a highly innovative and laudable initiative’. This funding will allow us to continue to inspire, engage, and enrich the lives of students in Hamilton County and eleven surrounding counties through music.”

Funds from the NEA will be used to support Sound Beginnings, a comprehensive educational program for elementary students, both typically developing and atypically developing children.  This program includes an instrument check-out program allowing music teachers the opportunity to borrow orchestral instruments to use in their classroom teaching and a four concert and activity series of Sensory Friendly concerts, appropriate for families and children with Autism, Down Syndrome, brain injuries, and those typically developing.  Also included in this program is the CSO’s Ensembles in the Schools and Young People’s Concert programs.  More information about these programs is available at or

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring16. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to

For more information about the CSO’s award, please contact Samantha Teter.


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