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Montclair, NJ 07042

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Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) mission is to provide comprehensive, inclusive developmental training in dance and related theater arts for children, teens and adults.

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SMAPA to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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Montclair, New Jersey - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) to support in-school dance education residencies in Newark and Paterson, New Jersey. The Art Works category is the NEA's largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

"The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Through the work of organizations such as SMAPA in Montclair, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are."

Sharron Miller, Founder and Artistic Director, is extremely grateful to the NEA for this award. "With this grant, more students in Paterson and Newark will be enriched through the art of dance." SMAPA's holistic philosophy nurtures the creative possibilities within each student while building arts skills, fostering self-discipline and self-esteem, and inspiring students to believe they can achieve.

SMAPA's in-school dance residencies provide students exposure to and participation in multiple dance forms including creative movement, rhythm tap, West African, ballet, and hip hop. Although dance is taught as a pure art form, SMAPA residencies also allow for the integration of other areas of academic study.

The Dancer's Edge

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Don't miss this year's benefit concert "The Dancer's Edge," June 9, 7:00-8:30 pm, in honor of Montclair's Mayor Robert Jackson, and in support of SMAPA's scholarship funds. This annual spring showcase of SMAPA's premier Performance Workshop Ensemble (PWE) and Jr. Performance Workshop Ensemble (JPWE) will take place at Montclair State University's Memorial Auditorium, and feature new pieces like "Organized Chaos"

Tickets available online 

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Save-the-date! Wednesday, October 18, 2017, SMAPA will host its first SMAPATHON: 

You Can Make a Difference in a Child's Life in One Day! 

As friends of SMAPA we are appealing to you to support scholarships for underserved-deserving children and students from Pre-K to high school. Throughout the year we receive numerous scholarship requests from families in need who want to enroll their children in our dance education programs and camps. This year we have had an increase in those scholarship requests and need your help to extend and provide assistance for those seeking positive educational experiences to enrich their children’s lives but don’t have the financial means to do so. 

We are reaching out to our friends and others to join in and support us in providing those scholarships. 

Our goal is to raise $10,000.  

 Please join us to make a difference on October 18, 2017.  

 Our communication lines will remain open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Any gift is welcomed. We have 100% participation from our faculty, staff and board members, so please help us meet our goal together. You may participate on-line HERE, you can stop by, or just give us a call.