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NFA Organization $10,000  | Arts Education | Washington, DC, DC




Paso Nuevo/New Step:


An after-school performing arts


program for at-risk Latino youth


To support Paso Nuevo, an after-school arts education program targeting at-risk Latino youth ages 12 to 18. Students have an opportunity to explore their cultural and personal identities; acquire communication and academic skills; gain knowledge of all aspects of theater, from performing arts techniques to production; and perform their own material three times a year on GALA's stage. Over 50 youth attend classes at GALA four days a week for two hours a day. Youth performances are followed by talk-backs in which students, teachers, artists, and community residents exchange ideas about the program and build bridges of communication and understanding.



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