January 13, 2023


Rainey to Receive $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for West Side Expansion

Rainey Institute is pleased to announce that it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a Grants for Arts Projects award of $15,000 for 2023. This grant will support expanding our El Sistema orchestral program to Rainey’s second location on Cleveland’s west side, which is opening at the Pivot Center in Clark-Fulton in early 2023. This grant is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards nationally, totaling nearly $28.8 million which was announced by the NEA as part of its first round of the fiscal year 2023 grants. Just 13 grants were given to organizations in Cleveland.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “Projects such as this one with Rainey Institute strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.”

Dr. Jennifer Harris, Executive Director at Rainey Institute, says “Our team at Rainey has put together an outstanding plan for expanding our services to Cleveland’s west side, and we are thrilled to see a competitive, national funding process support this dream alongside our generous local campaign contributors. We are grateful to NEA for this support.”

Rainey Institute is expanding our El Sistema Program to the Pivot Center of Art, Dance, & Expression on the west side of Cleveland in order to fill the need for mastery-based orchestral music education in another Cleveland neighborhood, and to reach more children who may not otherwise have access to an affordable, excellent arts education. Rainey has diligently explored options to expand to the west side to mirror our east side programs and services. Having our own space on the west side will enable the longevity of the program in this neighborhood, and will broaden our reach by allowing us to recruit from multiple schools while providing students transportation from school and being in a walkable location. Rainey will move into our new space early in 2023.

For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit

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 Rainey Institute is where the arts change lives by enriching and inspiring a broad community of learners through excellent, accessible arts programming. With a commitment to holistic youth development, Rainey’s programs utilize the arts as a platform to empower youth to become confident individuals who value creativity, learning, diversity, and self-expression. Rainey offers year-round music, drama, dance, and visual arts programs after school, during the summer, and on weekends. Each year, 2,500 youth from the Hough and St.Clair/Superior neighborhoods, East Cleveland, and on the west side engage in Rainey’s programs. Whether a child is interested in the intensive study of one art form, or simply seeking an arts-enriched experience, Rainey is here to provide possibilities to Cleveland’s deserving kids.

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