FRANKFORT — Ten Kentucky schools will receive a Teaching Art Together grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to conduct artist residencies with students during the coming school year.
The Teaching Art Together grant allows teachers across the Commonwealth to collaborate with practicing, professional artists from the arts council’s Teaching Artists Directory to design and implement one- to four-week residencies.
Schools that will receive grants, listed with grant amounts and county, are: Clay County Middle School, $2,400, Clay County; McKee Elementary School, $1,800, Jackson County; Clay County High School, $2,400, Clay County; Jackson County Middle School, $1,800, Jackson County; Tyner Elementary School, $2,400, Jackson County; Jones Fork Elementary School, $600, Knott County; Burning Springs Elementary School, $2,400, Clay County; Carr Creek Elementary School, $600, Knott County; Winburn Middle School, $600, Fayette County; and Hindman Elementary School, $600, Knott County.
“There’s an overwhelming need for such arts experiences in our schools,” said Randy Wilson, folk arts director at Hindman Settlement School, who wrote the grant for Jones Fork Elementary School in Knott County.
Jones Fork will bring in an artist to demonstrate and teach lessons about clay sculpture. “This is going to mean a lot to them,” Wilson said. “Last year we had flamenco dancers come in, and we learned a lot about Spain. The teachers said that we need more of this kind of arts exposure.”
“The Teaching Art Together grant enables local, seasoned artists to engage students in the creative process and share their knowledge with Kentucky teachers,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “Through the program, schools find new and innovative ways to incorporate arts education into every day curriculum.”
More information about the Teaching Art Together grant can be found on the arts council website or by contacting Jean St. John, arts council arts education director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-564-3757 ext. 486.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.