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 2015 – 16 and 2014 – 15 academic years:

Winter 2016 Grantees (of 2015 – 2016 school year)

Music and Arts Non-Consumable Equipment Grants

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: 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: 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: Blake Schneider from the UGA Performing Arts Center

Music and Arts Programs and Experiences Grants

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.

Fall 2015 Grantees (of 2015 – 2016 school year)

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

Winter 2015 Grantees (of 2014 – 2015 school year)

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Jay Wucher in collaboration with UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music and Barnett Shoals, Oglethorpe Avenue, Timothy Road, and Whit Davis Elementary Schools

Award Amount: $990

Summary: Low-income fourth and fifth grade students from the four elementary schools will actively participate in the CCSD After School Band Program which is lead by Hodgson School of Music staff.

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: 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.

Fall 2014 Grantees (of 2014 – 2015 school year)

Music and Arts Non-Consumable Equipment Grants

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: 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: Sara Hoggatt from Timothy Road Elementary

Award Amount: $477

Summary: Purchase three multi-sized tubanos

Music and Arts Programs and Experiences Grants

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

Award Amount: $990

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

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: 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: 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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