Starkville Area Arts Council has awarded nearly $5,000 in grants this year to local schools for support of projects in the arts according to the SAAC Education Committee Chair Henri Sue Kennard and committee members Ellen Boles, Joan Butler, Cristy Cater, Annette Deason, and Nancy Hargrove. The grants are used for innovative projects incorporating the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, or literature in the curriculum.
Most of these projects would not be possible without the additional funds. Classroom grants of up to $200 were awarded to classroom teachers for projects that affect only one class of students. General grants of up to $500 were awarded for projects that affect several classes, the entire school, or that may affect students for many years. Any faculty member or administrator was eligible to apply for the grants.
Announcing our annual Education Grant awards for the 2014~2015 academic year:
Sudduth Elementary School ~~ Debbie Allen (Sudduth Makerspace) and Amy McReynolds (Making a Varied Experience Possible);
Ward Stewart Elementary School ~~ Kimberly Crump (smART Reading!) and Jana Everett (Cultures Around The World)
Armstrong Middle School ~~ Nicole Dozier (The Young Author’s Book Project – 3), Brandi Herrington (Zombie Virus Apocalypse), and Sarah Staggers (“The Little Mermaid, Jr.”)
Starkville High School ~~ Michael A. Dendy (“Legally Blond, the Musical”)
Starkville Academy ~~ Elaine Trinkle (Slab Built Clay Vessels) and Krista Vowell (“Annie”)
East and West Oktibbeha County High Schools ~~ Susan Allen (Da Story Weaver’s Tale)
Starkville Home School Music Cooperative ~~ Angie Riffell (I Got Rhythm)
CONGRATULATIONS to all our Educational Grant winners!! We appreciate all you do for the kids in the Starkville area. We're looking forward to seeing these programs and productions throughout this academic year.
Starkville Area Arts Council relies on membership dues and several events to raise the funds for the arts in education grants, the summer training arts scholarships, the collegiate arts scholarships, and the community arts grants. Fundraising events include the annual SAAC Gala, Everything Garden Expo, Cotton District Arts Festival, Artists Studio Tour, and Forks & Corks. Also grants from the City of Starkville, Oktibbeha County, the Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau/GSDP, the Mississippi Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts help to support these programs. It is through the strong support of the community that SAAC is capable of ensuring the future of the arts.
Starkville Area Arts Council is happy to help support the programs and activities of gifted teachers, students, artists, community art educators and entertainers. The next application process for Arts in Education Grants will begin in August. Applications will be available at that time through the SAAC’s Web site at http://www.starkvillearts.org or by calling the office at 324-3080. SAAC membership forms are available at the office at Suite 18, 101 S. Lafayette Street in Starkville.