Quick stats on the six public school harp programs we profiled, plus answers about where all those harps come from.
Ed.—this article extra is part of the feature article Going Public in the March-April 2019 issue of Harp Column.
School districts in most states can purchase new harps through school bond elections. In a bond election, voters can approve or deny additional proposed school district spending. Funding for new school buildings, athletic or fine arts facilities, and equipment like harps can be included in the bond. As most educators will tell you, getting instruments via a school bond can be a lengthy process, and there are no guarantees. Just because educators request something for bond funding doesn’t mean it will be included in the bond proposal the district puts up for election, and not all bond elections are approved by voters.