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Minnesota State Arts Board Announces Grant to Chops’ Pan Outreach Program



We’re excited to report that the Minnesota State Arts Board has announced a $34,999 grant to Chops’ Pan Outreach program! This funding from the MSAB’s new Arts Education program will support free steel-drum residencies at K-12 public schools in 2024-2025. 


Pan Outreach, an artist-in-residence program founded at Chops in 2018, partners with host schools to bring steel-pan instruction to schools for 6 - 8 week residencies throughout the academic year. The program is free for low-income public schools.


“This is our second year of funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and I’m thrilled that Chops was honored with another grant,” said executive director Megan O’Leary. “Jeremy Kunkel and the Pan Outreach team deliver fun, engaging lessons while exceeding Minnesota standards for arts education. We are thankful to the MSAB for supporting arts enrichment in our urban-core schools.”


“It’s incredible that the hard work put in by so many amazing people over the past decade continues to be recognized,” said Jeremy Kunkel, founder and director of Pan Outreach. “Their tireless support is what makes this program successful.”


Your donations to Chops make a real difference in our community by providing educational opportunities for all students. Donate today and help us reach our goal of expanding this amazing program even further!


The mission of Pan Outreach is to provide world music educational opportunities and artist development through steel pan instruction and performance. Interested in learning, hosting, donating, or volunteering? Visit www.panoutreach.org to get involved in this exciting program.

 

Chops, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a mission to improve lives through music education and performing arts. We meet our mission with professional bands and artist-in-residence programs, and by offering fiscal sponsorship and support to community-based performing arts groups like All City Music and Dance With Purpose. To learn more and get involved, please visit www.chopsinc.org.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


 





Chops' Pan Outreach program is funded in part by a grant from the NEA.


 





This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



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