Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy (KCAA) is one of 50 high schools that have risen above 1,000 applicants to claim NBC’s RISE America grants. The program – inspired by the network’s upcoming drama “Rise” about a high school theatre department and its effects on a small town – is awarding a half-million dollars to high school theatre programs across the country.
Through RISE (Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression) America, NBC has awarded KCAA with a $10,000 grant that will cover the critical needs of KCAA’s theatre program. NBC is facilitating the program in partnership with the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), a non-profit organization dedicated to shaping lives through theatre education.
“The RISE grant will allow KCAA to pursue three great options; industry-based professional development in theater, funding the thespian organizational pursuits for kids and purchasing of a stage upgrade that will allow for multiple backdrops to be used during theatrical performances,” said KCAA Principal Pete Castillo.
To qualify for the grant, high schools were required to have an existing theatre program or be a champion of theatre arts in cases where a school’s theatre program was cut because of budget constraints. Each school submitted a video celebrating their theatre program and a 500-word essay explaining why their school should be awarded the grant and how they will use the $10,000