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 the 2016 - 17, 2015 – 16 and 2014 – 15 academic years:

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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