Arts Education Grant
In 2015 the Arts Council of Westerville awarded the first annual Arts Education Grants. The grants were established to support unique learning opportunities in the arts and encourage non-traditional enrichment outside of programs students have available to them. Uniqueness of experience and encouragement of independent and creative thinking are just some of the criteria that were used to determine the grant winners.
In 2016, Walnut Springs Middle School teacher Jean Trimble spearheaded a “Trash to Fashion Show Competition.” A large percentage of students participated, with Elementary, Middle School and High School categories. The final judging was done at Starry Night 2016, the annual learning festival sponsored by Westerville Partners for Education. Students were judged on not only the beauty and creativity of their end product but the creative use of recycled materials.
Also in 2016, Hanby Elementary principal Monica Brown used their award to visit the Columbus Museum of Art. The students studied connections between art and geometry in particular. Using that experience they created large classroom canvases emulating the style and technique of artists using mathematical and geometric elements in the creation of their masterpieces. The completed projects are permanently on display at the school and were also exhibited at the 2016 Starry Night event.
The Arts Council of Westerville is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Arts Education Grants awarded to those teachers in Westerville City Schools who wish to provide unique learning opportunities for their students in and through the arts. This funding is aimed at enhancing the learning experiences for all students through arts programming. Awards were given to Katie Wirthlin, McVay Elementary for her Art Academy: Transforming Community through Art; Laura Fahning and Doug Hildreth, Central High School for Finale Music Notation Program; and to Julie Rathje and Kate Mantinieks, Emerson World Cultures Elementary School for a program in Chinese Calligraphy. Each of these unique learning opportunities provides creative integrated arts educational experiences for students.
Applying for an Arts Education Grant
Educators can find the application for the 2017-2018 school year grant here.
Completed applications can be submitted by email to Jan Fedorenko, or mailed to:
Education Coordiantor, Arts Council of Westerville
6136 Braet Rd., Westerville, OH 43081