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Youth Programs In Arts & Education 2023

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
61 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on April 29, at 12:55 AM MDT
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Support Youth Programs in Arts & Education today! Six years and still growing!

Our success is because you care. Your gift through this campaign to the Youth Programs in Arts & Education fund supports the current needs of BRAINY (BRinging Arts INtegration to Youth), Middle School Outreach Ensembles (MSOE), and Trying on Teaching (ToT-Developing Future Music Educators). These programs target underserved children and enrich the lives of hundreds of students from elementary to high school across Northern Colorado. They embody Colorado State University's mission as a land-grant institution by providing equal opportunity and equal access to the arts and music programming. Your donation is an INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE.

Thanks to a group of generous friends, all gifts will be matched - dollar for dollar - up to $10,000!

Joan & Steve Benn 
Sally & Brian Clark
Jim Day
 Dave Goodman
Gary & Leslie Howard
Larry Jones
Thad & DeDe Smith
Dave & Mimi Stout
Jim Vidakovich

Each gift supporting the Youth Programs in Arts & Education fund puts us a step closer to our goal of raising $20,000 for these essential arts and music education programs and exceeding our crowdfunding goal for the 3rd consecutive year.

Here's how YOU can help:

  • Make your gift today (and have it DOUBLED!) to help us reach our goal of $20,000 total.
  • Check out our program websites for information on BRAINY, MSOE, and ToT.
  • Share this campaign with your friends and family and encourage them to participate.

A special thanks and sincere appreciation from the children, teachers, and mentors, for your gift to Youth Programs in Arts & Education.

BRAINY is collaborative program that brings together the visual arts, dance, music, and theater, and through interactive lessons provides arts enrichment and education opportunities that help kids create connection, increase empathy, and cultivate a deeper understanding of the world around them. This program typically serves around 450 students every year from Title 1 elementary schools in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor.

MSOE is an inspiring, internationally recognized, community-based music outreach program for developing Middle School musicians. This collaborative initiative brings together more than 60 music educators, including advanced high school students, CSU music majors, collegiate faculty, practicing teachers, and retired sages to provide instruction to more than 200 young musicians over the 14-week program. Students are loaned musical instruments and given expert music lessons at an extremely low cost to foster and inspire a love of music and teaching.

ToT is a program for high school students that cultivates and develops the next generation of excellent secondary music teachers. The best way to train music teachers is to provide authentic teaching opportunities while engaging in a community of reflective practitioners. Over a 10-week period, all participants are involved in teaching local middle school students who are members of MSOE. Undergraduate and graduate music education students design, implement, and teach all aspects of the program, culminating with a concert in the University Center for the Arts on the CSU campus.

Thank you for considering a gift to the Youth Programs in Arts & Education fund today!