Art Education

Laurel Springs Elementary School

Wins Arts Education Grant

from Young Audiences and Target Corporation

Grant provides an array of first-quality arts education programming

Kathleen Westerby, Principal, 856 783-1086,

Laurel Springs, NJ, November 10, 2010 Laurel Springs Elementary School has won an Arts Education Grant from Young Audiences New Jersey, Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania, and Target Corporation. Through the grant, the school will work with Young Audiences to deliver a variety of arts education programs for the students, teachers and families of the school.

Laurel Springs School was one of 121 public schools throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania to apply for the grants, and one of only 8 winning schools to be selected.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous grant,” said Ms. Kathleen Westerby, principal of Laurel Springs Elementary School. “Providing quality arts programming to our students has always been a one of our ideals here at our school, but this year it was nearly impossible because of severe budget cuts. With the help of Young Audiences and Target, we can now continue to offer our students inspiring, arts-rich experiences.” We are so thankful and excited to have this opportunity.

Laurel Springs Elementary School’s application demonstrated a real commitment to offering its students exceptional arts programming—and a need for financial assistance to make that happen,” said Larry Capo, Executive Director of Young Audiences New Jersey. “We look forward to working with Ms. Westerby and school staff to plan a curriculum-based, engaging array of arts initiatives for students and teachers.”

Laurel Springs Elementary School will work with Young Audiences’ staff, and their roster of professional teaching artists, to plan first-quality arts programming tailored specifically to the school’s unique needs. The grant will provide funding for a variety of initiatives, including:

  • professional arts performances at the school
  • in-depth, hands-on workshops with professional artists
  • professional development to help teachers use the arts in their classrooms
  • assistance in creating a community event celebrating students’ work


About Young Audiences New Jersey: Since 1973, Young Audiences New Jersey has been bringing creativity and inspiration to children and educators through innovative, curriculum-based arts education programming. Each year, YANJ artists perform for and work with nearly 500,000 kids across New Jersey—from pre-kindergarten through high school—serving all 21 counties with dynamic assembly presentations and artist-in-residence workshops. Now, Young Audiences New Jersey is also partnering with Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania.


YANJ is the first arts education organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and, as part of the national network of Young Audiences, Inc. was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. The 4,500 programs provided annually by YANJ are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit or call 866-500-9265.