HeadCount sends people to the voting booths. But did you know that we're sending teachers to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum? Yup, our "Capitol Community" program, run in conjunction with the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, will send area school teachers to Cleveland for the Rock Hall's Summer Teacher Institute.
The Scholarship is open to fulltime educators at accredited learning institutions in Westchester (NY) and Fairfield (CT) counties. Winners will be awarded the full cost of tuition, and in some cases also have their travel and lodging costs covered. The application is here.
The scholarships are funded through auctions of the Cap's "Presidential Box" - the best four seats in the house overlooking the stage. If you'd like to support these scholarships and see a show from the Presidential Box, check out the auctions here. Recent auctions have included performances by B.B. King, The Black Crowes, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Drive-By Truckers, Phish's Trey Anastasio, and Furthur's 9-show sold-out run.
Why is HeadCount sending teachers to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Because our mission is to unleash the power of musicians and fans to make a difference. Registering voters is one way we achieve that, but we don't stop there.
"Each Presidential Box auction is a chance for an individual to directly support education in the area," says HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein. "And by bringing rock history into classrooms, we’ll be opening kids’ minds in a whole new way.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Summer Teacher Institute, held in Cleveland July 8-12, helps K-12 and post-secondary educators learn how to effectively use rock and roll to teach across multiple disciplines. Educators learn how to connect popular music to their own classroom curricula – from the history of hip-hop to the science of sound – by creating new and exciting learning environments that can help meet the needs of all students, no matter their level or learning style.
"[It's] one of our longest-running programs," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris. "It provides teachers with essential resources in a dynamic learning environment. This fantastic community initiative by the Capitol Theatre, which has such a storied place in rock history, allows us to extend our mission of educating students and teachers." More information can be found at www.rockhall.com/teacher/summer-teacher-institute.
"Since my career in live music began at Wetlands, a venue that placed the combination of social awareness and the live music experience at the heart of its mission, it's been really important to me to continue that tradition," said Capitol Theatre owner Peter Shapiro, a HeadCount board member. "This partnership with HeadCount and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a great continuation of what Wetlands was all about: combining the fun of live music with doing something that will have a positive and lasting impact long after the show is over."