ST. PAUL, MN—On March 31, 2015, the Bush Foundation announced that High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) received a $100,000 grant in recognition of outstanding work integrating the arts into public life. HSRA was one of 16 community organizations selected by the Bush Foundation to be a part of a Community Creativity Cohort. Members of the cohort will spend the next year engaging community, building and supporting leadership, advancing racial and economic equity, and sharing with community members new and creative ways to transform the arts into meaningful social change projects.
HSRA’s Executive Director Tony Simmons attributes the selection of HSRA as a Community Cohort member to the successful and entrepreneurial student-originated public arts projects HSRA students conceptualized and implemented in recent years. “Our students served as incredible creative thought leaders, producers, and artists,” said Simmons. “Our students launched the Click 4 Life campaign to push for a tougher seatbelt law in the state of Minnesota and played a major role in creating the 26 Seconds national high school drop-out prevention campaign, featuring HSRA students and NBA All Star LeBron James.”
The Click 4 Life, 26 Seconds along with a number of other public service campaigns were sponsored by and done in collaboration with longtime HSRA partner, State Farm®.
As an example of how HSRA’s public arts work projects have contributed to meaningful social change, a number of legislators and lobbyists have stated that the Click 4 Life campaign was a major contributor to the passage of the primary seat belt law passed in Minnesota over five years ago--a law that has already saved over 132 lives in our state!
“To have HSRA, along with our partners and clients at State Farm, the Minnesota Department of Education, Verizon, and Target Corporation recognized for doing outstanding work with our students is an honor and a privilege,” said Simmons. “We take being a part of the Bush Foundation Community Creativity Cohort very seriously. We will continue to work with our students and partners in providing a true 21st century education for our students while making the world a better place by using their public art to positively transform our community and the world.”
For more information, contact Tony Simmons at (612) 803-9450.
For examples of Public Art projects submitted to the Bush Foundation and referenced above, click on links to the following:
High School for Recording Arts and State Farm Celebration Video
26 Seconds - "The Other Side" Video
26 Seconds - "Wishing On Stars" Video
Jump Start - "Success" Video