Current Grantees

AthFest Educates 2016 - 2017 Grantees

We are proud to announce the 2016 - 2017 AthFest Educates grantees. The AthFest Educates Board of Directors is thrilled to be supporting the amazing work these individuals do every day on behalf of the young people of Athens-Clarke County

Winter 2017 Grantees

Music and Arts Non-Consumable Equipment Grants

Grantee: Eunice Kang from Clarke Middle School

Award Amount: $3,558

Summary: Purchase three 3/4 – size cellos and two 4/4-size cellos to meet the needs of the 122 sixth thru eighth grade students actively participating in the school orchestra. The additional instruments will prevent students from having to share instruments which ultimately gives each student more practice and performance time to develop their pitch, tone, harmonic, and melodic skills.

Grantee: Kristin Beasley from Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,693

Summary: Purchase one Orff xylophone, two Orff metallophones, and one Orff glockenspiel for 550 K – 5th grade students to develop skills including performing on instruments, improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments, and composing and arranging music.

Grantee: Lori Ragsdale from Chase Street Elementary School

Award Amount: $809

Summary: Purchase a video camera for 526 K – 5th grade students to film their music practices and performances and then review the recordings to develop critical analysis of musical performances skills. Students will identify how words, movements, lyrics, and choreography must work together and identify areas their group needs to further develop.
Grantee: Lynn Sander-Bustle from the UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art

Music and Arts Programs and Experiences Grants

Grantee: Lynn Sander-Bustle from the UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art

Award Amount: $2,044

Summary: 18 Clarke Middle School 7th and 8th grade girls will participate in a 10-week afterschool art program focused on exploring place and community. The program will develop the girls’ sense of belonging and agency across their school and community environments. The program culminates with a public art tile and mirror mosaic to be installed in May 2017.

Grantee: Steven King from Whit Davis Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,745

Summary: 150 first and fourth grade students will use puppetry arts to master their science curriculum. Students will write their own scripts and then produce and present elaborate puppet shows to teach their peers about plants, animals, and ecosystems. First grade students will also attend an environmental-focused puppet show about tropical rain forests to introduce them to a quality puppet show experience.

Grantee: Valerie Oxford from Fowler Drive Elementary School

Award Amount: $130

Program: 43 ESOL 3rd, 4th, and 5th students will travel to Canopy Studio where they will use this aerial art to develop conversational, spatial, action, and state of being vocabulary by linking vocabulary to a memorable and unique physical activity.

Fall 2016 Grantees

Music and Arts Non-Consumable Equipment Grants

Grantee: Brian Parido from Clarke Middle School

Award Amount: $3,367

Summary: Purchase three saxophones to meet the expanding interests and participation in the 6th – 8th grade Symphonic Band, which was awarded their first and second ever “Superior Rating” in 2016 and 2015 for Large Group Performances for the district.

Grantee: Rachel Osborne from Whit Davis Elementary School

Award Amount: $2,830

Summary: Purchase a bass metallophone, soprano xylophone, soprano glockenspiel, and 3 alto glockenspiels to teach 550 K – 5th grade youth how to develop and compose rhythmic patterns, contrasting patterns, and steady beats.

Grantee: Ian Johnson from W.R. Coile Middle School

Award Amount: $771.00

Summary: Purchase a portable PA system to allow 180 6th – 8th grade orchestra and general music students to develop their skills in pitch, intonation, singing melodies, and understanding the relationship between singing and production on musical instruments. Students will use the PA system to perform at the school as well as various community events as part of its outreach program.

Grantee: Christine Graziano from Whit Davis Elementary School

Award Amount: $632

Summary: Purchases nine display rails to enable 575 K – 5th grade youth to present their work in gallery fashion throughout the school allowing students to visually communicate their creative intelligence and allow their peers to conduct class discussions and formal art critiques where students learn to develop strategies to respond to and reflect on artwork and conduct thoughtful assessments that analyze mood, theme, and intentions of art.

Grantee: Chelsea McCall Garner from Howard B. Stroud Elementary

Award Amount: $123

Summary: Purchase three screen-printing units to allow 407 K – 5th grade students to develop skills in the two-dimensional art of printmaking and identify how printmaking is used in our daily lives (i.e. fashion, etc).
Grantee: Blake Schneider of the UGA Performing Arts Center

Music and Arts Programs and Experiences Grants

Award Amount: $5,000 (The Paul A. Thomas Grant)

Summary: 4,000 CCSD 2nd – 8th grade students will attend live performances at the UGA PAC throughout the school year from Havana Cuba All-Stars, the Center City Brass Quintet, the Dardanelles, Artrageous, the State Ballet Theater of Russia, Alonzo Kings LINES Ballet, Spanish Brass, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Each performance includes a teacher study guide and student activities that align with GPS learning standards.

Grantee: Catherine DeCocco and Todd Elihu from Burney Harris Lyons Middle School

Award Amount: $4,557

Summary: 450 6th and 7th grade students at BHL Middle will participate in a cross curricular social studies and art project where the students research the Meso-American and African migration and collaboration and select icons, images, patterns, and stories that represent how these two cultures came together and uses these representations in a 600 sq. foot large-scale mural painted in the school by local artists Broderick Flanigan and David Hale. The design of the mural will be a student/artist collaboration.

Grantee: Mark Tavernier from CCSD Administration

Award Amount: $2,800

Summary: Violinist Kishi Bashi will perform live for 3,500 K – 8th grade students in eight CCSD elementary and middle schools exposing them to Bashi’s unique musical style. Students will be asked to analyze the music performance, using appropriate vocabulary, and evaluate the impact of live performances on themselves and others.

Grantee: Ann Woodruff-Conley from Canopy Studio

Award Amount: $ $3,120

Summary: 24 youth in 2nd – 8th grade from the Chase St. Elem. Afterschool Program (12 youth) and the Pinewood Hills Library youth program (12 youth) will participate in a multi-month trapeze program where youth develop various movement elements, skills, and terminology in dance and participate in a live trapeze performance at the end of the program.

Grantee: Sarah Hubbard from Wild Intelligence

Award Amount: $907

Summary: 25 K – 5 youth from the Whitehead Elementary Afterschool Program will participate in a six-week Wild Intelligence program that uses nature as the catalyst for youth to develop skills in storytelling, writing and performing songs, and paper-making.

Grantee: Cara Emrath from Cleveland Road Elementary

Award Amount: $480

Summary: 300 K – 5 students, teachers, and family members will paint a mural of the United States on the blacktop of the school and students will use the mural throughout the year to learn and reinforce map skills and geographical knowledge while incorporating physical movement and art skills.

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