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A standing ovation for arts education at the Bravo awards

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, March 01, 2012, at 02:20PM
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The Bravo awards will take place tonight at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The Music Center will be hosting the Bravo awards Thursday night in celebration of the triumph of arts education in schools -- especially in the face of huge funding cutbacks.

“The arts are essential to a well-rounded education. They spark imagination and connect our students to our shared cultural heritage," said Mark Slavkin, Music Center vice president for education. "At a time when so many kids struggle to engage with school, the arts can be the reason they come to school every day.”

Tonight from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, students will perform, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will speak, and awards will be presented to educators in four different categories.

The awards are meant to honor educators who "revitalize teaching, enhance student achievement and foster self-esteem, teamwork and cross-cultural communication and understanding," according to a statement from the Music Center.

Their are four awards categories: Generalist Teacher, Arts Specialist Teacher, School Recognition and School Program. The winner of each will get a cash reward to be put towards enhancing their chosen arts programs.

Each of this year's finalists participated in community workshops and was paired up with a Music Center Coach to fine tune their teaching techniques.

The Music Center Bravo Awards were created in 1982 to recognize champions of the arts in L.A. schools. Tonight will be the 30th anniversary of the celebration and Garry Marshall will host. The event is free and open to the public with an RSVP to 213-972-4367 or bravorsvp@musiccenter.org.

The Music Center includes four Downtown locations: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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