Kentucky schools receive arts education grants

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Fourteen Kentucky schools will receive a fiscal year 2015 Teaching Art Together grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to conduct artist residencies with students during the first half of the school year.

The Teaching Art Together grant allows teachers across the Commonwealth to collaborate with practicing, professional artists from the arts council’s Teaching Artist Directory to design and implement one- to four-week residencies.

“The Teaching Art Together grant enables local, seasoned artists to engage students in the creative process and share their knowledge with Kentucky teachers,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “Through the program, schools find new and innovative ways to incorporate arts education into everyday curriculum.”

Schools that will receive grants are:

  • North Butler Elementary School (Butler County), $1,800
  • Big Creek Elementary School (Clay County), $600
  • Clay County Middle School (Clay County), $1,800
  • Goose Rock Elementary School (Clay County), $600
  • Hacker Elementary School (Clay County), $1,200
  • Manchester Elementary School (Clay County), $2,400
  • Oneida Elementary School  (Clay County), $600
  • Paces Creek Elementary School (Clay County), $1,200
  • Jackson County High School, $600
  • McKee Elementary School (Jackson County), $1,800
  • Sand Gap Elementary School (Jackson County), $600
  • Tyner Elementary School (Jackson County), $1,200
  • Smyrna Elementary School (Jefferson County), $600
  • Marion County High School, $600

These grants will fund artist residencies between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. The residencies cover various school subjects and incorporate a wide range of mediums. Students receive several weeks of hands-on arts experiences. The residencies also help teachers incorporate arts into the curriculum long after the residency has ended. In the past, students and artists have collaborated to paint murals representing their school traditions, create clay animation films depicting important events in history and more.

More information about the Teaching Art Together grant can be found on the arts council website. A recent Kentucky Teacher story about the grant can be found here. The next deadline to apply is Oct. 1, for artist residencies occurring between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2015.

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