William F. Finkl Academy
William F. Finkl Academy is located in Chicago, IL and services children in the Little Village neighborhood. A. Finkl and Sons Co., now Finkl Steel, was founded by a German immigrant, Anton Finkl who developed a unique chisel designed to reclaim bricks from buildings destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire. This school is dedicated to the grandson and former president and chairman, William F. Finkl. Born and raised on Chicago’s industrial northside, William Finkl’s life exemplifies the opportunities available to young people who dedicate themselves to their education. Here at Finkl Academy, our mission to prepare our students to become literate, critical thinkers that are prepared for success in high school, college and careers. This will be accomplished by implementing a challenging curriculum aligned to the common core standards. We will foster academic growth and achievement using best instructional practices.
The Keys of Inspiration prides itself in encouraging piano performance at all levels as a means of social development for youth by providing students with a safe creative outlet in school. Through the KOI Program, “students build self-confidence, develop a drive for excellence, and uniquely cultivate a sense of group and individual achievement”. The Keys of Inspiration Program will provide a genuine, hands-on, and meaningful musical experience for our 2nd-5th grade cohort and beyond. Our students come from low socio-economic backgrounds of Little Village in Chicago where access to musical instruments are non-existent. The KOI Program will expose our students to musical enrichment and a relevant music curriculum, which we otherwise would not receive. Our children from these neighborhoods often worry about their personal and family well-being and safety, which takes away from their expectations of a quality school education. The KOI Program provides our Finkl scholars with a safe creative outlet to explore their musical and creative minds. Finkl scholars will learn musical literature, opening up avenues for performing in the school and sharing their talents with performance opportunities in the local community. The KOI Program will empower Finkl scholars to uncover those hidden talents and artistry who have yet to discover them. The Finkl community is filled with gratitude and thanks the Lang Lang International Music Foundation for the Keys of Inspiration Grant!