Ashwood Waldorf School has been awarded a $6,000 grant from the Anonimo Foundation to support its strings program for the 2020-21 school year. The grant has enabled Ashwood to hire Tyler Yentes, who directed Ashwood’s strings program from 2012 to 2014. Yentes is a fabulous fiddler and a natural teacher. He has been playing the violin for 26 years, trained classically for 12 years, and has offered private lessons for 14 years. He performs locally and around the state with his musical partner Adam Nordell.

The Anonimo Foundation provides grant funding to education-in-arts programs, with an emphasis on programs that include children and youth who might otherwise have difficulty obtaining instruction in or exposure to the arts, owing to cost, location, culture, or other economic or social barriers. Anonimo was founded in 1990 by Rockland artists Joan Beauregard and David Ellis, who wished to make art in all its forms available to all people and especially to the young, in hopes of increasing the appreciation of the arts, particularly in Midcoast Maine.

Ashwood resumed in-person learning on Sept. 8 while strictly following state health and safety guidelines.