“Through the NRG Creatively Green Awards, hundreds of schoolchildren and their families will enjoy arts and educational events that use creative ideas to help kids learn about living a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle,” said Jennifer Brunelle, head of NRG Global Giving. “NRG is proud to partner with the dedicated and visionary staff of Young Audiences to create an original program that will touch every school in the region.”Maureen Heffernan, Director of Arts and Education at Young Audiences said, "It was a joy for everyone to see parents and children working side by side as they learn about sustainability and experience the fun of making art together." Schools and districts selected in the NRG Creatively Green Awards will host an engaging and dynamic community festival for parents, children and teachers, and provide communities an opportunity to engage in hands-on art-making that raises awareness of environmental sustainability. Festivals can serve up to 500 attendees and can take place on a weekday evening or on a Saturday, lasting two to three hours. For schools interested in winning a NRG Creatively Green Family Arts Festival worth up to $10,000, please visit www.yanj-yaep.org to apply. Application deadline is Thursday, December 20, 2012. About Young Audiences Founded in 1973, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the premiere arts-in-education resource in the region, providing high-quality performances and artist-in-residence programs to nearly 500,000 children pre-kindergarten through 12th grade annually. Young Audiences’ extensive professional artist roster represents all art forms—from dance and theater to music, language and visual arts. The Young Audiences program, Arts for Learning, brings arts-based literacy programs to elementary school teachers, helping them improve student reading and writing. This arts-integrated approach helps students learn literacy concepts and skills using dance, music, theater and visual arts as teaching tools. Young Audiences’ programs are accessible to all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and geographic communities, and are designed to strengthen the arts in schools, meet local and state curriculum standards, involve families in arts activities, and enrich cultural life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities.
Young Audiences New Jersey & Pennsylvania is the first arts education organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and, as part of the national network of Young Audiences, Inc. was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Projects like this and the 4,000 programs provided annually by Young Audiences are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Additional funds come from the National Endowment for the Arts, foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more, visit www.yanj-yaep.org. To be “social” with us, join us on Facebook.About NRG NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. A Fortune 300 company, NRG is a pioneer in developing cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers: whether as one of the largest solar power developers in the country, or by building the first privately funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure or by giving customers the latest smart energy solutions to better manage their energy use. Our diverse power generating facilities can support more than 20 million homes and our retail electricity providers – Reliant, Green Mountain Energy Company and Energy Plus – serve more than two million customers. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.