Past Grantees

AthFest Educates Past Grantees

AthFest Educates has proudly supported music and arts education programs in our community for many years including these valuable programs from recent academic years:

AthFest Educates 2019 - 2020 Grantees

Grantee: Blake Schneider from the UGA Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Award Amount: $5,000

Summary: 4,000 CCSD K – 8 students will experience professional dance, theater, and musical performances at the UGA PAC including: The Kingdom Choir, The Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Che Malambo (Argentinian drum troupe), Ailey II (modern dance), Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Danu (Irish holiday music), Humans (acrobats), New Owner (puppetry and animation play), and Children of Metropolis (music and dance with instruments from scrap metal).

Grantee: Sarah Glass from Fowler Drive Elementary

Award Amount: $5,000

Summary: Create an Artist in Residence program with professional artist, David Hale, where Hale will work with 474 K – 5 students to create a large scale mural in the main hallway and a garden installation to create an inspirational outdoor space. Students will work in small groups alongside Hale to create the murals. Hale, known for his bird imagery, will incorporate images of falcons, which is Fowler’s school mascot. Fifth grade students will also create their own wood block bird paintings with poetry inspired by the theme “growth.”

Grantee: Didi Dunphy from the Lyndon House Arts Center

Award Amount: $4,266

Summary: 56 6th – 8th grade students will participate in a Media Arts Video & Film Club where students will develop skills in screen writing, set building, filming, editing, direction and production, and presenting screenings. The cooperative creative environment also exposes students to careers in the film industry. Participants have the option to participate in the afterschool program or one of two summer programs.

Grantee: Dan Smith from the CCSD District Office

Recipient of the Huang Torres Grant

Award Amount: $4,000

Summary: Musicians Kishi Bashi and Mariah Parker (aka Lingua Franca) will collaborate and perform two back-to-back 45-minute presentations at eight CCSD elementary and middle schools. In total, 4,340 students will experience classical music, hip hop, looping techniques, verbal and instrumental improvisation, and spoken word and how these elements create empowerment and creativity. At each performance, some students will be invited on stage to experiment with the equipment and participate in dance, call-and-response, rapping, and beatboxing. These performances allow students to participate in musical performances they typically occur at night or at venues that don’t allow younger audiences.

Grantee: Elizabeth Bush from Barnett Shoals Elementary

Award Amount: $1,236

Summary: 81 5th grade students will collaborate with professional artist, Paula Reynaldi, to create a sculpture as the 5th grade legacy project. The sculpture will focus on using non-conventional materials and repeating patterns in nature. Students will create mini-sculptures that will be combined with Reynaldi’s piece to make one final sculpture.

Grantee: Kristin Beasley from Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary

Recipient of the Nick and Erin Maulding Grant

Award Amount: $538

Summary: 572 K – 5 students will experience The Atlanta Opera’s English adaptation of Hansel and Gretel performed at the school’s “cafetorium.” Students will be able to interact with the performers after the opera. The performance includes an Educator’s Guide so teachers can extend the learning experience before and after the opera.

Grantee: Evan Michael Bush from the Athens-Clarke County Library

Award Amount: $5,000

Summary: Purchase instruments so 40 K – 2 students can participate in an

8-week early elementary music education class. The library will divide the students into two groups of 20 students to provide focused music lessons and instruments that youth from lower socio-economic families often are not able to access. All of the grant award will be used to purchase instruments so the library can continue to offer this program year-after-year. At the completion of the program, students will be “…tuneful, beatful, and artful.”

Grantee: Tracy Vandiver from Barnett Shoals Elementary

Award Amount: $4,800

Summary: Purchase chimes so 200 K – 2 students, especially students with special needs and in special education programs will have an interactive, musical area in the younger children’s playground that engages their sensory skills and encourages inclusive play spaces and play opportunities for children who may not be able to access all playground equipment. The musical instruments create a play area where all students can interact and have positive conversations.

Grantee: Troy Authement from Stroud Elementary

Award Amount: $1,750

Summary: Purchase digital cameras, lens, and software so 315 1st – 5th grade students will have an expanded photography program that provides a wider range of artistic control and options.

Grantee: Samantha George from Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle

Award Amount: $1,532

Summary: Purchase three rolling, steel wire racks with 100 stationary shelves to house and protect the art work of 300 6th – 8th grade students in general art classes during their painting units and students in advanced painting classes as they create work that merits public exhibition.

Grantee: Heather Garland from Hilsman Middle

Award Amount: $751

Summary: Purchase six drying racks to accommodate the art work of 130 6th – 8th grade students. The racks will reduce the amount of class time wasted on storing and locating their art work each class period and enables students to take great pride and care in their work.

Grantee: Sara Parrish from Fowler Drive Elementary

Recipient of the Nick and Erin Maulding Grant

Award Amount: $647

Summary: Purchase eight mini keyboards, power adapters, headphones, and music stands to create a piano lab so 278 2nd – 5th grade students can learn the basics of piano playing during the school day. The music teacher will also host an afterschool piano club for a small group of students to receive individualized lessons.

Grantee: Laurie Camp from Hilsman Middle

Recipient of the Nick and Erin Maulding Grant

Award Amount: $520

Summary: Purchase an iPad to film the practice sessions of students playing in the individual practice rooms so the students and the band director can review the sessions and conduct performance evaluations to help students improve their tone, playing position, posture, breathing techniques, articulation, and percussion technique.

Music and Arts Professional Development Grants

Grantee: Alison Farley Raffle from the UGA Music Education program

Award Amount: $4,850

Summary: 14 CCSD elementary school and 8 CCSD middle school music educators will participate in professional development workshops focusing on culturally responsive music pedagogy, specifically in teaching students of diverse backgrounds and how to enhance music classrooms to reflect these backgrounds. The workshops will be led by two internationally recognized scholars in this field from St. Thomas University and the University of Michigan.

Grantee: Galit Shemesh from J.J. Harris Elementary

Award Amount: $700

Summary: Complete the Level 1 Orff Certification training which will benefit approximately 400 K – 5 students.

AthFest Educates 2018 - 2019 Grantees

Grantee: Blake Schneider from UGA Performing Arts Center (UGA PAC)

Award Amount: $5,000

Summary: 3,200 CCSD 2nd – 8th grade students will attend live performances at the UGA PAC throughout the school year including: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir, A Simple Space (Australian acrobats), Lady Black Mambazo (South African a cappella), and The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer (high-tech puppet show). Each performance includes a teacher study guide and student activities that align with GPS learning standards.

Grantee: Melanie Powers from Whitehead Road Elementary School

Award Amount: $4,984.26

Summary: 24 students in 4th and 5th grade will participate in an after-school band program that runs from October –March and meets twice per week. The program is focused on building excitement and experience in band programs. Almost all students will go to BHL Middle school, so the program will be taught by the BHL band director, Irving Stegall. Students will have the opportunity to play flute, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, or drums.

Grantee: Kitty Meyran from the YWCO of Athens

Award Amount: $3,280.00

Summary: In collaboration with Wooten Woopets, 45 third-grade girls will participate in the week-long Puppetry Arts Project summer camp at the YWCO. The week begins by attending a live performance at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Girls will then spend the rest of the week working with Mary Wooten and her staff to create their own puppets using a variety of materials and methods in inventive ways to make a finished work of art. Girls will learn how to manipulate their puppets and how to create original short skits. The camp will culminate with the girls presenting their puppets and skits to their families and fellow campers.

Grantee: Joshua Podvin and Shannon Walker from the Experience UGA Program

Award Amount: $3,101.00

Summary: 1,057 third-grade students will experience unique theater-based components in UGA’s Fine Arts Theatre including: (1) lively interactive theatre games designed to teach the elements of theatre architecture and design, (2) a presentation and video highlighting the varied careers in theatre and fine arts, and (3) a puppetry arts performance. The program aims to get students excited about pursuing an education and career in the fine arts.

Grantee: Jacqueline Shirley from the Athens YMCA

Award Amount: $875.94

Summary: 15 youth will participate in the afterschool Junior Drumming Program for 13 weeks. The program uses drum pads, snare and bongo drums, and xylophones to teach youth proper drumming technique, rhythm skills, and the skills needed to play in a group setting.

Grantee: Samantha Barnum and Sharon Purucker from Coile Middle School

Award Amount: $619.49

Summary: Create a Makerspace in the school’s library that enables all 6th – 8th grade students to engage in open-ended, design-oriented, creative learning through origami, fiber arts, puppet making, fashion designing and more. Students will work in small groups or individually to respond to design challenges such as: convert an old textbook into a bee habitat, design a pair of shoes from recycled materials, fold paper to create a miniature city, etc. All challenges develop their creativity and complex problem-solving skills.

Grantee: Carlin Brownlee from Winterville Elementary School

Award Amount: $596.00

Summary: 65 fifth grade students will create a lasting legacy project for the school. Each student will create a clay tile by hand and then paint their self-portrait on the tile. The tiles will be mounted on wood and permanently displayed at Winterville Elementary. The project enables the students to see themselves as public artists and understand the value of public art.

Grantee: Cara Emrath from Cleveland Road Elementary School

Award Amount: $500.00

Summary: Cleveland Road Elementary School will host a production of the Rose of Athens theater group for 300 K - 5 students. The show, A Tour of Tiny Tales, is an hour-long show that follows the storyline of five fairytales followed by a Q & A with the cast and crew. Bringing the show to the school allows all students to experience a live, professional theatrical performance.

Grantee: Sarah Glass from Fowler Drive Elementary School

Award Amount: $4,995.53

Summary: Purchase 12 iPads and Bloxel Builder Kits for 161 fourth and fifth grade students to design and create their own playable video games complete with characters, terrains, enemies, tokens, and power ups. Students will work in teams to design and create their games allowing them to develop both teamwork and digital citizenship skills simultaneously. Students will also learn about the career and education opportunities in digital design.

Grantee: Eunice Kang from Clarke Middle School

Award Amount: $4,970.00

Summary: Purchase ten 4/4 violins, three 15 ½” violas, and two 16” violas to support the growing number of students participating in the orchestra program. Currently 130 students participate in orchestra. Correctly sized instruments that students can use each day, without having to share with other students during class, are essential for student learning.

Grantee: Sara Parrish from Fowler Drive Elementary School

Award Amount: $3,783.00

Summary: Purchase a multi-position platform so students can build their performance skills and experience multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Currently the number of students and school layout make it extremely difficult for students to perform together by grade. Group performances build community, foster confidence, and increase tolerance for one another.

Grantee: Rebecca Floyd from Hilsman Middle School

Recipient of: The Nick and Erin Maulding Grant

Award Amount: $2,793.00

Summary: Purchase three ½-size violins, three ¾-size violins, three 14” violas, and 1 cello to support the growing number of students participating in the orchestra program. Currently 65 students participate in orchestra. Due to family financial challenges, 2/3 of the orchestra students must rely on school instruments to participate in orchestra and these students need appropriately sized instruments in order to learn how to play correctly. Currently students are doubling-up on instruments which cuts their playing and practice time in half.

Grantee: Zoe Daniel from Stroud Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,804.55

Summary: Purchase a clay wedging table, clay molds, and glazing jars to enable students to wedge their own clay, create and glaze their own food-safe bowls and plates, and learn the complete clay process which includes slicing slabs, recycling clay, and underglazing the final product.

Grantee: Chandra Power from Coile Middle School

Award Amount: $509.55

Summary: Purchase circular knitting needles and double pointed needles for the knitting club. Students build numeracy skills as they work with various pattern requirements to knit hats and scarves for the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.

Grantee: Kristin Beasley from Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School

Award Amount: $700

Summary: Attend a two-week summer course to advance her Orff-Schulwerk method certification. The course curriculum and activities are designed to develop the musicianship, creativity, and teaching strategies for the participants.

Grantee: Kristen Lynch from Alps Road Elementary School

Award Amount: $700

Summary: Attend a two-week summer course to advance her Orff-Schulwerk method certification. The course curriculum and activities are designed to develop the musicianship, creativity, and teaching strategies for the participants.

Grantee: Laura Marlow from Timothy Road Elementary School

Award Amount: $700

Summary: Attend a two-week summer course to advance her Orff-Schulwerk method certification. The course curriculum and activities are designed to develop the musicianship, creativity, and teaching strategies for the participants.

Grantee: Margaret McDonald from Gaines Elementary School

Award Amount: $700

Summary: Attend a two-week summer course to advance her Orff-Schulwerk method certification. The course curriculum and activities are designed to develop the musicianship, creativity, and teaching strategies for the participants.

AthFest Educates 2017 - 2018 Grantees

Grantee: Blake Schneider from the UGA Performing Arts

Award Amount: $5,000.00

Summary: 4,450 CCSD 2nd – 8th grade students will attend live performances at the UGA PAC throughout the school year including Japan-based TAO: Drum Heart, the Accordion Virtuosi of Russia, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra, The Bumper Jacksons (roots jazz and blues), Sleeping Beauty ballet, and MacMaster and Leahy (fiddle). Each performance includes a teacher study guide and student activities that align with GPS learning standards.

Grantee: Carlin Brownlee from Winterville Elementary

Award Amount: $4,213.75

Summary: In collaboration with the Lyndon House Art Center’s Education Director, 274 2nd – 5th grade students will create their own stop motion films; students will use various drawing and clay sculpting methods to create their characters and stories lines then record their films; students will add narration, text, and music, and edit their films to be presented to their classmates.

Grantee: Didi Dunphy from the Lyndon House Arts Center (LHAC)

Award Amount: $3,970.00

Summary: In collaboration with Community, the downtown business specializing in unique sewn fashion and local sustainable materials, 56 6th – 8th grade students will participate in the afterschool, youth workshop, or summer program, “Wear It!” where students learn to create their own fabric design, cut patterns, and sew their own “wearable art.” LHAC uses the term “wearable art” to imply the work is intended to be accepted as a serious and unique artistic creation or statement and goes beyond simple aesthetic considerations (i.e. Lady Gaga, St. EOM, Nick Cave, etc.).

Grantee: Joshua Podvin from the Experience UGA Program

Award Amount: $2,650.00

Summary: 1,044 third-grade students will experience three unique theater-based components in UGA’s Fine Arts Theatre including: (1) lively interactive theatre games designed to teach the elements of theatre architecture and design, (2) puppetry character exploration that includes a pre-trip activity where students create their own puppet and (3) a live puppet performance by the UGA Children’s Theatre Troupe based on adapted Latin American Folktales. Students will use their own pre-made puppets as be part of the performance.

Grantee: Kitty Meyran from the YWCO

Award Amount: $2,250.00

Summary: In collaboration with Wooten Woopets, 35 third-grade girls will participate in the week-long Puppetry Arts Project summer camp. The week begins by attending a live performance at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Girls will then spend the rest of the week working with Mary Wooten and her staff to create their own puppets using a variety of materials and methods in inventive ways to make a finished work of art. Girls will learn how to manipulate their puppets and how to create original short skits. The camp will culminate with the girls presenting their puppets and skits to their families and fellow campers.

Grantee: Dan Smith from Barnett Shoals Elementary

Recipient of: The Bill Braxton Collins Grant

Award Amount: $1,147.25

Summary: 78 fifth-grade students will work with watercolor painting to develop self-portraits. The students will be guided by professional watercolor artist, Jamie Calkin. While guiding the students, Calkin will create an original piece and the students’ portraits will become the frame of this original work, all of which will be hung in the school as the 5th grade legacy project.

Music and Arts Non-Consumable Equipment Grants

Grantee: Melanie Powers from Whitehead Road Elementary

Award Amount: $4,058.60

Summary: Purchase 21 Remo 100 Series Key-Tuned Tubano Drums to enable 800+ K – 5 students to learn correct hand drumming techniques including correct bass, tone, and slap position, creating and maintaining steady beats, and opening and closing rhythms.

Grantee: Sarah Parido from Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle

Award Amount: $2,454.40

Summary: Purchase 15 Yamaha Student Classic Guitars in ¾ and ½ size, 15 guitar bags, and 3 five-guitar folding stands to meet the needs of the school’s growing Guitar Program, which grew by 40% this year. The grant enables 80 students to not have to share guitars during class time which enables each students to have the maximum amount of guitar instruction during each class. All Guitar Program students perform the musical style of their choice at the “Coffee House” Recital.

Grantee: Laura Marlow from Timothy Road Elementary

Award Amount: $2,037.00

Summary: Purchase Orff instruments including 2 Soprano Glockenspiels, 1 Alto Glockenspiel, 1 Soprano Xylophone, and 2 Alto Xylophones for 545 K – 5 students to learn how to play steady beats and simple borduns/ostinatos together and play contrasting borduns/ostinatos at the same time to accompany songs; this purchase enables students to each have their own instrument during class thus maximizing the impact of class time instead of reduced time while sharing instruments.

Grantee: Sherry Mattox from Cleveland Road Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,021.85

Summary: Purchase 16 ukuleles and 15 Snark tuners in order to make a full class set of ukuleles so 143 3rd – 5th grade students can learn basic chords, strumming patterns, and simple picking and develop their music literacy including treble clef notes and rhythm patterns.

AthFest Educates 2016 - 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: 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: 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

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

Award Amount: $771

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).

Music and Arts Programs and Experiences Grants

Grantee: Blake Schneider of the UGA Performing Arts Center
Recipient of: The Paul A. Thomas Grant

Award Amount: $5,000

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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.

AthFest Educates 2015 – 2016 Grantees

Music and Arts Non-Consumable Equipment Grants

Grantee: Eunice Kang from Clarke Middle School

Award Amount: $5,650

Summary: Purchase three 1/4-size double bass and two 1/8-size double bass instruments to meet the expanding interests and participation of 6th – 8th grade orchestra students.

Grantee: Laura Kraus from Chase Street Elementary

Award Amount: $4,250

Summary: Purchase seven contrabass chimes to create an outdoor music garden that enables 175 first and fourth grade students to use music to learn the science standards connected to sound, vibration, pitch, frequency, and volume. The music garden can also be accessed by all youth during recess, afterschool, and out-of-school time hours to enable self-directed science and music exploration.

Grantee: Rachel Muldrow from Winterville Elementary School

Award Amount: $3,411

Summary: Purchase a set of seven Orff instruments that will enable all 450 K - 5 students to learn the fundamentals of music including pitch, beat, and rhythm.

Grantee: Rebecca Floyd from Hilsman Middle School

Award Amount: $2,556

Summary: Purchase four 3/4-size violins, two 1/2-size violins, and three 13”-size violas to meet the physical and technical needs of 6th - 8th grade orchestra students using the Suzuki Method of string instruction.

Grantee: Leslie Sokal-Berg from David C. Barrow Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,813

Summary: Purchase 30 ukuleles so all kindergarten and 1st grade students can learn to read music, play basic chords on the ukulele, and sing while playing. Students will perform for their school and families. The ukulele program is a precursor to the school’s 5th grade guitar program.

Grantee: Brandon Plymel from Timothy Road Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,630

Summary: Purchase 30 ukuleles so all K - 5 students can learn strumming technique, finger placement, pitch, rhythmic and harmony playing, solo and melodic playing, and how to balance as part of an ensemble.

Grantee: Steven King from Whit Davis Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,622

Summary: All K - 5 students will participate in a puppetry arts program to learn their environmental science curriculum. Students research, write, and perform their own puppet shows educating their peers about various environmental science components. All 4th grade students will also tour the flora and fauna at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and attend the garden’s environmental puppet show.

Grantee: Rachel Osborne from Whit Davis Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,470

Summary: Purchase a Tone Chime Hand Set and the 3rd Octave Add-One that all K – 5 students can use to develop and master the concepts of pitch as well as chordal progression and recognition.

Grantee: Rebecca Floyd from Hilsman Middle School

Award Amount: $1,348

Summary: Purchase two 3/4-size cellos to meet the physical and technical needs of 6th – 8th grade orchestra students.

Grantee: Christina Esposito from Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School

Award Amount: $1,266

Summary: Purchase three electric guitars, three electric basses, and an amp/mixer combination to expand the school’s current guitar program and encourage students to learn a greater variety of musical genres and develop an individual style.

Grantee: Carlin Brownlee from Winterville Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,226

Summary: Purchase 26 display rails that will allow all 425 of the K - 5 students to plan and participate in rotating art exhibitions for their peers, teachers, and families.

Grantee: Bashie Ebron from J.J. Harris Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,003

Summary: Purchase pinhole cameras and photo developing equipment for 78 fifth grade students. Students will learn the history and art of photography and use these skills to demonstrate their understanding of various language arts and science curriculum.

Grantee: Melanie Powers from Whitehead Elementary School

Award Amount: $762

Summary: Purchase authentic Latin percussion instruments so all K - 5 students can understand music in relation to the Latino history and culture.

Grantee: Jennifer Renee Smith from Hilsman Middle School

Award Amount: $485

Summary: Purchase drawing equipment to expand the learning for 6th - 8th grade agriculture students and enable these students to develop visual study tools and presentation materials.

Music and Arts Programs and Experiences Grants

Grantee: Blake Schneider from the UGA Performing Arts Center

Award Amount: $5,000

Summary: 2,000 CCSD youth in grades 2 - 8 will attend the Julian Bliss Septet, The Knights chamber orchestra, Salzburg Marionette Theatre and/or the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. Each performance has a teacher-led study guide to guide the learning before and after the performance.

Grantee: Debbie Watson from Nuci’s Space

Award Amount: $3,000

Summary: Five youth in 6th – 8th grade will receive full scholarships to participate in the two-week 2016 Camp Amped summer camp program where participate in workshops and ensembles that enable them to develop and expand the technical, creative, and business skills they need to succeed in the music profession.

Grantee: Didi Dunphy from the Lyndon House Arts Center

Award Amount: $3,130

Summary: Five youth in 6th - 8th grade will receive full scholarships to participate in the two-week 2016 Camp Amped summer camp program. Youth will participate in a series of workshops and ensembles that enable them to develop and expand the technical, creative and business skills they need to success in the music profession.

Grantee: Trevor Ross and Broderick Flanigan from the East Athens Community Center

Award Amount: $2,953

Summary: Thirty youth in 2nd - 5th grade will participate in a 10-week afterschool art program, “The Rose that Grew from the Concrete,” taught by local professional artist Broderick Flanigan, where they will learn skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture. The program also focuses on developing an enthusiasm for the fine arts and learning how visual arts can improve community involvement and positively impact an individual’s character.

Grantee: Joshua Podvin from Experience UGA

Award Amount: $2,670

Summary: All 3rd grade CCSD students will attend live theater performances by UGA’s Children’s Theatre Troupe. Performances will be based on adapted folktales from “Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales.” Students can also submit their own adapted plays in advance and the UGA Children’s Theatre Troupe will select 2 - 3 to perform for the students. Pre- and post-performances activities have been developed for educators to expand the learning for their students.

Grantee: Debbie Watson from Nuci’s Space

Award Amount: $1,800

Summary: Eight youth in 6th - 8th grade will receive partial or full scholarships to participate in the one-week Camp Amped After School (CAAS) program in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.

Grantee: Kitty Meyran from the YWCO of Athens

Award Amount: $1,600

Summary: Twenty girls in 5th - 8th grade will participate in the week-long summer drama program, “Monologues and More,” where they use drama and theater to develop skills in public speaking, speech, elocution, and self-expression while also building their self-esteem. The program is a collaboration with ACC’s Athens Creative Theater (ACT).

Grantee: Joy Smith from Howard B. Stroud Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,500

Summary: All K - 5 students will experience eight monthly lunchtime musical performances. Musicians will be students from UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music and performances will focus on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, French horn, oboe, and piano.

Grantee: Hilary Ruston from W.R. Coile Middle School

Award Amount: $907

Summary: All 8th grade students will use art, math, and science to construct, decorate, and fly kites as part of the AthFest Educates Kite Day of Art and Math. Students will learn the role of kites and kite-flying in various cultures and then move on to learn the principles of symmetry, transformation, lift, gravity, and tension while constructing and decorating their own kites. The project ends with a final event where students launch their kites and record various data points that will be used to develop new math and science skills.

Professional Development Grants

Grantee: Kristen Lynch from Alps Road Elementary

Award Amount: $668

Summary: Attend the National Association for Music Education Conference to develop skills related to: 1) music education for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, 2) Orff and Kodaly teaching approaches, and 3) supporting creativity in urban students.

AthFest Educates 2014 – 2015 Grantees

Music and Arts Non-Consumable Equipment Grants

Grantee: Leslie Sokal-Berg from Barrow Elementary

Award Amount: $3,255

Summary: All kindergarten thru 5th grade students will use a collection of large-scale percussion instruments to learn how to create rhythmic and melodic patterns and learn how to create simple songs that they will perform.

Grantee: Rachel Osborne from Whit Davis Elementary

Award Amount: $2,966

Summary: Purchase drums, bars, and recording devices for students to compose, arrange, perform, and critique their own music

Grantee: Kristen Lynch from Alps Road Elementary

Award Amount: $2,089

Summary: Purchase the Global Beat set of seven Orff instruments

Grantee: Lori Ragsdale from Chase Street Elementary

Award Amount: $1,630

Summary: Purchase 30 ukuleles with the supporting equipment and student method books

Grantee: Melanie Powers from Whitehead Elementary

Award Amount: $1,630

Summary: Purchase 30 ukuleles with the supporting equipment and student method books

Grantee: Rachel Osborne from Whit Davis Elementary

Award Amount: $1,630

Summary: All kindergarten thru fifth grade students will use ukeleles to learn how to perform on instruments alone and with others, how to read and notate music, how to improvise melodies and variations, and the importance of chords in music.

Grantee: David Osborne from J.J. Harris Elementary

Award Amount: $1,615

Summary: 174 fourth and fifth grade students will use ukuleles to learn musical skill development such as how to read and play chords, melodies, and strumming patterns. These skills will then transfer to more advanced guitar learning.

Grantee: Brent Blalock from Winterville Elementary

Award Amount: $1,349

Summary: Students will use Photoshop to create digital art, increase their knowledge of multimedia design technology, and understand some of the skills needed for technology-based art careers

Grantee: Leslie Sokal-Berg from Barrow Elementary

Award Amount: $756

Summary: Purchase two drum sets that include a timbau, tubano, and djembe

Grantee: Carolene Walker from Alps Road Elementary

Award Amount: $749

Summary: Kindergarten thru fifth grade students will be aided in their ability to learn two-dimensional and three-dimensional art techniques and processes by observing the techniques projected on a screen via a wireless document camera. All students will be able to follow along with an unobstructed view as the techniques are being demonstrated by the teacher or visiting artist.

Grantee: Sara Hoggatt from Timothy Road Elementary

Award Amount: $477

Summary: Purchase three multi-sized tubanos

Grantee: Susie Criswell from Whit Davis Elementary

Award Amount: $265

Summary: First and second grade students will use different musical instruments and drums to learn “musical math.” Students will use music to learn math concepts such as patterns in skip counting and how to read an analog clock and grasp the measurement of time.

Music and Arts Programs and Experiences Grants

Grantee: Didi Dunphy from the Lyndon House Arts Center

Award Amount: $3,050

Summary: Purchase equipment needed to launch a stop-motion animation and video program for fourth and fifth grade students. Youth will create scenes, characters, stories and storyboards and experiment with lighting techniques and camera angels to produce two-dimensional and three-dimensional media products.

Grantee: Claire Coenen from Experience UGA in collaboration with all CCSD Elementary Schools

Award Amount: $2,310

Summary: All 500 CCSD 3rd grade students will attend the Experience UGA live theater performance of “The Parrot” by the UGA Children’s Theater Troupe

Grantee: Jay Wucher in collaboration with Barnett Shoals, Oglethorpe Avenue, Timothy Road, and Whit Davis Elementary Schools

Award Amount: $1,980

Summary: Enable low-income 4th and 5th grade students from the participating schools to actively participate in the CCSD After School Band Program

Grantee: Yinka Stuckey from Barrow Elementary

Award Amount: $1,710

Summary: 110 first grade students will visit the Center for Puppetry Arts and see a live performance about the rainforest. The show will help introduce students to live performance as a type of literary and informational text. Students will tour the Center and create their own puppets.

Grantee: Ann Turner from Wild Intelligence

Award Amount: $1,336

Summary: Students from Whitehead Road Elementary will participate in an afterschool arts-based exploration of nature program at the Garnett Ridge Awesome Clubhouse @ La Escuelita.

Grantee: Steven King from Whit Davis Elementary

Award Amount: $1,187

Summary: 3rd grade students will use puppet shows, videos, lifelike plant and animal molds, and wall murals to learn their nine-week Habitat of Georgia unit

Grantee: Cyndy Piha from Fowler Drive Elementary

Award Amount: $850

Summary: 3rd grade students will tour Lyndon House Art Center and attend small group studio production sessions where they create their own art under the guidance of local artists

Grantee: Lisa Crumley and Gina Jackson from the Athens YMCA

Award Amount: $730

Summary: Youth in kindergarten thru fifth grade will participate in an afterschool arts programs where they will create art using a variety of materials and mediums. The program culminates with an end-of-year art show for families and friends.

Grantee: Dan Smith from Gaines Elementary

Award Amount: $700

Summary: Comic book artist will host a two-week artist-in-residence program to help 4th graders develop their language arts skills related to developing characters, plot lines, and complete narratives

Grantee: Rosemary Milsap in collaboration with Whit Davis and Gaines Elementary Schools

Award Amount: $526

Summary: Facilitating theater and improv workshops for youth in the afterschool program

Grantee: Wesley Glosson from Cleveland Road Elementary

Award Amount: $525

Summary: Use art to depict the growth and changes in a student-produced garden

Grantee: Jonathan Dolce and Nicole Akstein Corbi from the Athens-Clarke County Library

Award Amount: $522

Summary: Fourth and fifth grade students from Fowler Drive and J.J. Harris Elementary schools will join an afterschool shadow puppetry program. Youth will build a permanent shadow puppet stage and create and perform a full-length culturally-relevant shadow puppet production for the community.

Grantee: Lane Guyer from Winterville Elementary

Award Amount: $500

Summary: Use art to teach the 1st grade social studies standards connected to the role of American folktales and historical American figures

Grantee: Dawn Phillips from Winterville Elementary

Award Amount: $299

Summary: Use dance to teach 2nd grade science standards including the principles of motion and force and the life cycle of living organisms

Professional Development Grants

Grantee: Rachel Osborne from Whit Davis Elementary School

Award Amount: $364

Summary: Purchase annual Orff-Schulwerk music educator membership and attend the annual American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Conference

Grantee: David Osborne from Judia J. Harris Elementary School

Award Amount: $279

Summary: Attend the annual American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Conference

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