Nimbus Dance Announces $100K Scholarship Pledge For Jersey City Youth

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Nimbus Dance Announces $100K Scholarship Pledge For Jersey City Youth

In Fall 2020, Nimbus Dance will move into the Nimbus Arts Center at the Lively, a 15,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts District which will house the non-profit organization’s professional dance company, school of dance, performing arts presentations, visual arts program, and office headquarters.

One of the most transformational investments in the arts in Jersey City history, the center will propel Nimbus forward as the state of New Jersey’s leading contemporary dance company and one of the state’s preeminent arts organizations.

As part of Nimbus’ mission to put dance and the arts at the center of the Jersey City community – accessible to residents of all backgrounds and financial statuses – Nimbus has pledged to make $100K in scholarship funds available to Jersey City youth.

With a range of educational programs that include the renowned School of Nimbus, off-site outreach programs in 16 local schools, summer programs, and a soon-to-be-launched partnership with the Jersey City Housing Authority, Nimbus is committed to ensuring that Jersey City youth have the opportunity to develop their talent, and gain from the social, emotional, physical and educational benefits of the arts.

Says Artistic Director, Samuel Pott: “The fundamental question that drives what we do at Nimbus is: ‘How can we make the arts mean something to people in real-life, authentic, community-based terms?’ I can think of no better way that we could express our gratitude and excitement to move into the Nimbus Arts Center at the Lively, than to pledge these scholarship funds in order to make our new facility open and accessible to the widest range possible of Jersey City’s youth.”

Vivian Brady-Phillips, Executive Director of the Jersey City Housing Authority said, “The Arts have the ability to unlock the potential of young people and make a lasting impact on their lives – their educational outcomes, their interpersonal relationships, their physical and mental health and their sense of self worth. The Jersey City Housing Authority is pleased to partner with Nimbus in bringing new dance programming to our residents, especially as our community responds to the financial and health impact of COVID-19.”

Christine Goodman, director of the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs stated, “Now more than ever Jersey City arts groups are stepping up to lead the way and provide important services to benefit Jersey City families. Through Nimbus’ scholarship pledge, countless numbers of Jersey City’s diverse, talented and creative youth will have the opportunity to train with Nimbus’ excellent staff at the new Nimbus Arts Center.”

Acknowledging the acute emotional, social, and physical toll that the Coronavirus Pandemic has taken on Jersey City youth and families, and the ways that the resulting financial impact may limit extracurricular options to families who have suffered from financial distress, the scholarship funds will be made available starting this summer for JC SummerArts, and for Nimbus online summer programs.

Additionally, scholarships for Fall Term classes at the School of Nimbus will be made available based on need for youth under 9 years; and on need and merit basis for students 9 years and up, including for Nimbus’ highly regarded pre-professional program.

Students interested in applying for a scholarship for summer programs should reach out to Assistant Director of the School of Nimbus, Julia Marroquin at: school@nimbusdanceworks.org. Information on classes and summer programs is available at Nimbus’ website: www.nimbusdance.org.

Nimbus’ $100K Scholarship Pledge is made possible by generous donors from the community; a fund has been set up to support the scholarship. A private donor has offered to match any donation to the fund through June 7 up to $20K. Please visit Nimbus’ The Scholarship Fund page on #HudsonGives here: https://www.hudsongives.org/organizations/nimbus-dance

 

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