Copper Mill Elementary art teacher, Darryl Alello, was recently awarded a $3500 Jazz and Heritage Community Partnership Grant. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is a non-profit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The Foundation uses proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. Since 1979, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has invested proceeds from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival directly into the community with grants to fund projects that support the foundation’s mission. Over the last ten years, more than $10 million has been awarded in Community Partnership Grants. Knowing that Jazz Fest is helping to support art education for many students throughout our state makes it an even more special event.