Founded in 1999 by legendary American singer and painter, Tony Bennett, and his wife, Susan Benedetto, a former public-school teacher, Exploring the Arts (ETA) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization located in New York City. Tony and Susan founded the exemplary public arts high school, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA), located in Tony’s hometown of Astoria, Queens.
In 2009, ETA expanded its mission to transform the lives of young people by working collaboratively with public high schools to help them build sustainable, high-quality arts programs with strategic planning and funding support. ETA successfully launched a west-coast office in Los Angeles in 2012, currently supporting arts programs at 14 public middle and high schools.
This work includes the highly valued Arts Internship Program where students work directly with Los Angeles art organizations and cultural institutions, as well as teacher grant opportunities. ETA partners with public high schools that serve high need student populations with limited access to arts education and will work with 32 Partner Schools in NYC and 14 in Los Angeles in the 2019-20 school year.
ETA is overseen by an eleven-member board, and its small staff team is led by Executive Director, Cheri Walsh. For more information, visit: http://www.exploringthearts.org/