The Madison Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $20,000 grant for its HeartStrings program.

Two Madison-based art programs received $20,000 Art Works grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Madison Symphony Orchestra received the grant to support its HeartStrings program, which brings live music to health care and assisted-living facilities. Through the program, a professional string quartet leads participants through music therapy-informed sessions.

“Through the work of organizations such as the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Madison, Wisconsin, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are,” NEA chairwoman Jane Chu said in a statement.

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Opera for the Young Inc. also received a grant for its multistate school tour and premiere of the original opera “Super Storm,” written by composer Scott Gendel and librettist Diane Garton.

Art Works grants are distributed to programs that meet the “highest standards of excellence, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts and strengthening of communities through the arts,” according to the NEA website.

The Wisconsin Arts Board, part of the Department of Tourism, also received a partnership grant from the NEA of $798,900 to distribute arts programs across the state.


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