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Grant Bolsters Arts Program at Hoboken Charter High School

National arts education non-profit Young Audiences has awarded the Hoboken Charter High School a Sandy recovery grant valued at $10,000.

A brick from the Hoboken Charter School Healing Wall, displayed at City Hall in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy
A brick from the Hoboken Charter School Healing Wall, displayed at City Hall in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

Arts offerings at the Hoboken Charter High School are getting more robust thanks to a grant from the local chapter of a national arts education non-profit.

To aid the school's recovery from Superstorm Sandy, Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania awarded Hoboken Charter High School its Sandy Relief Arts Education Grant, valued at $10,000, according to an organization release.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous grant,” HCHS principal Chris Sell said in a statement. “With the help of Young Audiences, we can offer our students inspiring, arts-rich experiences that will help build strength and character in our students as they cope with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.”

Young Audiences president and CEO Lary Capo said he and his staff were excited to partner with HCHS, which was one of just two high schools statewide that received the grant.

“We look forward to working with [HCHS art teacher] Mira Septimus and school staff to plan a curriculum-based, engaging array of arts initiatives for students, teachers and families," Capo said in a statement.

Septimus, who spearheaded the nationally-recognized Sandy-inspired Healing Wall displayed at Hoboken City Hall last year, is expected to work closely with Young Audiences to plan a performance and long-term artist-in-residence program at the school.

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