MARCH 27, 2019 – Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard Center for the Arts has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Dillard Center for the Arts answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
This award recognizes that Dillard Center for the Arts is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides policy implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.
About Dillard Center for the Arts
Dillard Center for the Arts (DCA) is Broward County Schools’ exclusive high school visual and performing arts magnet program providing training in dance, music, theater, and visual arts. DCA seeks to offer preparation for higher education and professions in the arts by providing experiences not available at the traditional high school, while creating an environment conducive for artistic growth and development for uniquely gifted and talented high school students residing in Broward County.
About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.