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Marshall Road Elementary PTA Receives Grant for Artist in Residence Program

Marshall Road Elementary School (MRES) PTA is fully funding its 2012-2013 Artist in Residence program through an arts grant received from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The MRES PTA selected Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD), a professional dance company, as its second artist in residence. Earlier this month, Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD), an award-winning nonprofit organization located in Arlington, conducted arts-integrated workshops and multi-day dance tutorials for MRES students. The students learned professional choreography from the BMD repertoire including "Southern Girls" from Lucy's Local Playlist and "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup," excerpt from A Smile to Hide the Pain with music by Kander and Ebb.

“This is our second year of having an Artist in Residence program and we are thrilled to have received this grant,” said Beth Eachus, MRES PTA president. “We have been fortunate to partner with Bowen McCauley in the past and are building on that relationship. “Every student in our school will have the opportunity to explore the art of dance.”

Additionally, MRES partners with Bowen McCauley Dance for its Studio to Stage after-school program and will host a November evening performance featuring the professional dancers of BMD.

“We are excited to work with Marshall Road Elementary School and grateful to have received funding to help make this partnership possible,” said Lucy Bowen McCauley, artistic director of Bowen McCauley Dance. “Providing an opportunity for students to experience the joy of dance and learn from professionals is really at the core of our mission.”