In New York City, Lincoln Center has announced that the recipient of the first Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award is Melissa Salguero, a K-5 teacher at P.S. 48 in the Bronx. Salguero created SongCorps, a program for at-risk fourth-grade boys, run in partnership with the local Hunts Point Alliance for Children; until Salguero’s program, P.S. 48 had not had a music program for 50 years. The award, given by Lincoln Center Education in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, comes with $3,500 to be used by Salguero in the classroom. The Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award, one of the Department of Education’s eleven Big Apple Awards, honors an art teacher who has “made a difference in the lives of his/her students and for going above and beyond in their role as an arts administrator.” Lincoln Center Education, founded in 1975 as the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, is the education division of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which produces school and community partnerships, professional development workshops, and other services for students and educators.
Posted June 14, 2013