While lawmakers continue to chip away at funding for school arts and music programs, the foundation is committed to finding resources to support and strengthen these crucial programs.
Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the program at Washington Elementary School is providing approximately 75 students with 1 ½ hours of piano instruction each week for 32 weeks. The program has been so well received by the Washington Elementary community that there has been a waiting list from the very first day. Two graduate students from the School of Music oversee the program along with additional piano major volunteers being utilized to enhance the learning environment. The UPlay Piano Outreach program is a valuable example of how community resources can be used in the Salt Lake City School District. This program provides students with music and arts related learning opportunities that they might not have otherwise had the personal resources to attain. All three UPlay sites are flourishing! The Salt Lake Education Foundation will continue to seek resources to sustain these programs and expand to additional sites.