Entertaining neighborhood children on the front steps of his Corona, Queens home, 1970

 


Louis Armstrong at Brooklyn College, early 1940s

 


Armstrong performs for troops in Pensacola Florida in 1941

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation has contributed to a myriad of organizations and programs dedicated to preserving, perpetuating and educating the general public about Jazz. The Foundation also works to highlight the impact of Louis Armstrong on music and performance, his significance as America's greatest cultural ambassador and as a great humanitarian. The Foundation continues to contribute in an effort to perpetuate Louis Armstrong's passion for "giving back to the world some of the goodness he received." All dedicated to providing services to youth, music and the Jazz community, these are some of the programs funded by the Armstrong Educational Foundation:

ASCAP Foundation: The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation supports scholarships for young Jazz composers and several music education programs in New York and New Orleans. The Armstrong Foundation has been supporting these endeavors since 1990.

Louis Armstrong Legacy Program and Celebration is housed at Columbia College Chicago and managed by the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. The program was established in 2004 with Jon Faddis to provide music education support to inner city Chicago Public Schools.

Louis Armstrong House Museum: Lucille Armstrong bequeathed her entire estate to the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. In 1985, the foundation voted to donate the Armstrong House and Archives to Queens College. The Foundation also provides operating support to the facility.

Jazzmobile: In fulfilling the mission of Louis Armstrong, the Armstrong Foundation supports the efforts of Jazzmobile; one of the oldest not for profit organizations in the country created to provide free Jazz concerts and educational programs. The Armstrong Foundation has been supporting the organization since 1996.

The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center: The Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Department was established and funded by the Armstrong Foundation through Beth Israelís Pediatric Division in 1994. The Music Therapy department expanded to become the Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine in 2005 to hosts clinic and community work. The Department now serves the health care needs of children with Asthma in several New York public schools in addition to musicians, performing artists and other young and adult patients.

Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies and Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program: The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation provided funding to establish the Armstrong Visiting Professorship for the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in 2000. The program attracts over 500 students annually. The Foundation began supporting the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at the university in 2004.

Jazz At Lincoln Center: The Armstrong Educational Foundation first began funding "Jazz for Young People" in 1992, under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, while presented in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. When Jazz At Lincoln Center moved to its new home in the Time Warner Building, the Foundation supported the development of the Louis Armstrong Classroom.

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp: The Educational Foundation began funding the camp in 1997. Based in New Orleans, the program has served over 1600 young music students. Louis Armstrong never forgot his hometown and would be proud of the association with the music education program.

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