In honor of NBC's new show, Rise, 50 high school theatre programs were chosen from 1,000 applicants and will each be awarded a $10,000 grant, including a school in Colorado.With the launch of its new drama series, Rise, NBC has announced the recipients of its $10,000 R.I.S.E. (Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression) America Grant. Out of 1,000 applicants, only 50 schools were chosen, including one from Colorado. Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy in Denver will receive the $10,000 grant, which will go towards assisting its theatre program and supplying it with technical equipment, production expenses, master classes, and any other needs the school may have. [caption id="attachment_34462" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Courtesy of NBC[/caption] NBC has partnered with the nonprofit Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) to make these grants a possibility for schools across the country. Jason Katims, Rise's creator and executive producer, said in a statement,
"It has never been clearer that the future of our country rests on the shoulders of the next generation of young leaders. I am excited about the notion that the R.I.S.E. America grants will help support, inspire and nurture creative young minds throughout the country, especially at a time when arts in education is under-valued and under-funded."Rise premieres on NBC on March 13, and it focuses on a teacher (Josh Radnor) who takes over the school's lackluster theatre department, bringing its students and faculty, along with its surrounding community, together.
You can view the full list of 50 winning high schools below: Charles Henderson High School (Troy, Ala.) American Canyon High School (American Canyon, Calif.) Henry J. Kaiser High School (Fontana, Calif.) Mariposa County High School (Mariposa, Calif.) Vaughn Next Century Learning Center (San Fernando, Calif.) Seaside High School (Seaside, Calif.) Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy (Denver, Colo.) Enfield High School (Enfield, Conn.) School Without Walls (Washington, D.C.) Hallandale High School (Hallandale Beach, Fla.) Plant City High School (Plant City, Fla.) The Howard School (Atlanta, Ga.) Nanakuli High and Intermediate School (Waianae, Hawaii) Jefferson High School (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Glenbard West High School (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) Scecina Memorial High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) Leavenworth High School (Leavenworth, Kan.) Boyle County High School (Danville, Ky.) Alfred Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School (Kenner, La.) The Baltimore City College (Baltimore, Md.) Hamtramck High School (Hamtramck, Mich.) Pine Island High School (Pine Island, Minn.) Gautier High School (Gautier, Miss.) Grand Center Arts Academy (St. Louis, Mo.) Park High School (Livingston, Mont.) Malcolm Public Schools, District 148 (Malcolm, Neb.) Belmont High School (Belmont, N.H.) Bound Brook High School (Bound Brook, N.J.) Union Senior High School (Union, N.J.) Digital Arts & Technology Academy (Albuquerque, N.M.) Equipo Academy East Las Vegas College Prep (Las Vegas, Nev.) Hastings High School (Hastings-On-Hudson, N.Y.) Peekskill High School (Peekskill, N.Y.) James N Gamble Montessori (Cincinnati, Ohio) Dublin Scioto High School (Dublin, Ohio) Henryetta High School (Henryetta, Okla.) Regis St. Mary Catholic School (Stayton, Ore.) Harry S. Truman High School (Levittown, Pa.) Mastery Charter Schools Foundation (Philadelphia, Pa.) Central Falls High School (Central Falls, R.I.) Deubrook Area School District 5-6 (White, S.Dd) Jackson County High School (Gainesboro, Tenn.) John Overton Comprehensive High School (Nashville, Tenn.) Alice High School (Alice, Texas) Jack Yates High School (Houston, Texas) Pharr San Juan Alamo North Early College High School (Pharr, Texas) Heritage High School (Leesburg, Va.) Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, Wash.) Hudson High School (Hudson, Wis.) Martinsburg High School (Martinsburg, W. Va.) Congratulations to everyone! Very well-deserved. What do you think? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.