George Bartol Arts Education Awardee

The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation has selected Danse4Nia as the 2021 George Bartol Arts Education Award Winner.

The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation has selected Danse4Nia as the winner of the 2021 George Bartol Arts Education Award. Danse4Nia engages, educates and empowers Philadelphia youth through dance.  The Award of $5,000 is given to an organization that provides sustained, meaningful participation in the arts; that demonstrates an active engagement in the lives of its students and community; and that maintains high artistic standards for its faculty and students.  

“Even as the pandemic limits how we can gather in community, Danse4Nia has shown its persistence to continue to train and support its young people, says Beth Feldman Brandt, Executive Director of the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation. “We are honored to recognize Danse4Nia for programs that spread the discipline and joy of dance, while also nurturing the humanity of each young person.” Click here to view a video showcasing Danse4Nia and to learn more about the George Bartol Arts Education Award.

“Danse4Nia means dance for purpose and winning this award is a valued recognition of our commitment, “added Antoinette Coward-Gilmore, Founder, CEO and Artistic Director of Danse4Nia. “Even when challenged to teach dance on Zoom, Danse4Nia has continued to give young people opportunities to express their experiences through the movement of their bodies.  Through training and performances, our holistic approach supports every young person to prepare for a powerful future.”

Danse4Nia is the home to a professional project-based dance company Phoenix Dance, youth dance company Nia Next and the arts education/performing arts training program Danse4Nia Conservatory.  Its mission is to educate, empower and create the next generation of well-rounded arts advocates and community members by presenting exceptional dance works, collaborating with artists across genres and delivering high impact residencies.

The George Bartol Arts Education Award was established in 2001 to recognize outstanding arts education programs by a non-profit cultural organization. Each year, a grant of $5,000 is made in memory of George Bartol, founder of the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, who believed that the key to a thriving arts community was an investment in arts education.   As part of its annual grant review process, the Foundation designates one grantee to receive this additional award of $5,000 to further support its arts education programs. This year’s award is made possible in part through gifts from Mr. Bartol’s children.

Read more about past awardees of the George Bartol Arts Education Award.