CLAYTON — Due to grant support totaling $20,000 from the Northern New York Community Foundation, a program that teaches students about jazz music and enhances their artistic abilities is on a path to continue for years to come.

Grant support, which has been given to ensure the long-term sustainability of Clayton Jazz Festival’s “Jazz in the Classroom” program, was approved earlier this year. The award will help fund the educational initiative over three years and is supported, in part, by the Grace L. Reinman Fund of the Community Foundation.

To help establish and build a permanent Jazz in the Classroom Endowment Fund at the foundation, a $5,000 grant was awarded with an additional $5,000 commitment to match gifts.

“The endowment will help us bridge any gaps in program funding year to year and bring longevity to the program,” said Michelle Grybowski, Jazz in the Classroom program coordinator, in a
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