Newark School of the Arts


89 Lincoln Park
Newark, NJ 07102
County: Essex


Mr. Lawrence J Tamburri

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For general operating support of sequential instruction and arts opportunities in music, dance, drama and visual arts for Newark students.

Organization Background

Newark School of the Arts (NSA) changes the lives of youth through access to quality education in the performing and visual arts. It accomplishes this by providing excellence in sequential education and training, offering an emerging state of the art learning environment, accepting students of all ages and abilities, and partnering with other successful arts educators while maintaining affordability and accessibility.

The majority of students at NSA are from low to moderate income families. To ensure access, NSA keeps modest tuition rates. Financial aid is offered for students with verified need according to HUD income guidelines. NSA also offers scholarship support for extended lessons for students who demonstrate outstanding talent.

Students with disabilities attend the school for free and are mainstreamed into the School's programs. Because student-teacher ratio is low, individual teachers can customize their instruction for students.

Since the spring 2009, NSA has put a special focus on collaboration with Newark schools through the ICAN (Initiative for Children's Art in Newark). In FY'15, the school received grants from Community Foundation of New Jersey for special scholarships for students with visual impairments and children of new immigrants living in Newark.

The Newark School of the Arts is now rebuilding programs that have suffered from lack of resources and develop new programs to meet the arts educational needs of the 21st century. Leading up to its 50th Anniversary in 2018, the Board has completed a comprehensive strategic planning process that refined the School's mission, vision and values and identified a number of strategic goals that positions the institution for continued growth.

Strategic Plan/Goals- The Strategic Plan has been conceived as a $3 million blended fundraising effort to build the Annual Operating, Capital and Endowment Funds. Capital needs and improvements include student computer labs for music and visual arts and a recording studio as well as equipment for safety and security. Endowment Support is needed to increase scholarship aid, recruit/retain talented faculty, seed money for new program initiatives and reserve funds.

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