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W.Va. group offers art education grants

September 02, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Area public school teachers, artists and arts organizations wanting to expand classroom involvement and creative learning may apply for an Arts-in-Education grant through the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation.

By integrating painting, sculpture, theater, weaving, music, graphic design or virtually any other creative expression, the Arts-in-Education program is designed to make core classroom curricula, specifically within STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects, more interesting and memorable to students, according to a news release. 

A grant previously awarded through the program presented a local chemistry class with the opportunity to experience the art of glassmaking in order to learn about the chemical properties of different materials and objects.

The Community Foundation will consider grants to charitable organizations and schools for programs that include the following elements:

n Collaboration among educators/schools with community arts groups and artists within the kindergarten to 12th-grade school environment

n Increased integration of arts in core STEM-based disciplines to support student advancement and success

Projects integrating the arts with core curricula such as English, social studies and history also will be considered.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be funded, and the deadline for submitting an application is Sept. 12. All projects are to be completed during the 2012-13 school year.

Interested applicants may download the Community Foundation’s 2012 Arts-in-Education grant guidelines/application at www.ewvcf.org/Grants.html or call Michael Whalton at 304-264-0353.

Applications also may be submitted using the e-grants online application process, also accessible from the Community Foundation website.

The foundation was founded in 1995 to build local, permanent endowment to generate annual charitable grants and scholarships. It serves Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties, with affiliates in Hampshire and Hardy counties.

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