Arts and Education Fund for Teachers
The Arts and Education Fund for Teachers is a unique opportunity that provides critical funds to arts education programs serving school districts in the St. Louis bi-state region. The Arts and Education Council offers this unique funding opportunity to individual schools and teachers to support projects and opportunities that encourage creativity in the classroom. The distinctive funding program enables teachers to apply directly for a grant to use during the school year. The Fund’s goal is to support classroom-based projects and artistic opportunities that engage students in the creative process.
2023 applications will be open December 4, 2023- January 10,2024.
Trip to Africa will bring teaching artist and arts integration specialist Shanina Carmichael into the classroom to provide traditional West African Dance instruction; a storytelling experience, introduction to West African instruments; and a song taught in Susu.
Help Keep Music Alive will replace and repair instruments so that students can play an instrument and perform during their winter and spring concerts.
City Garden Montessori School
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain will bring arts integration specialist Shanina Carmichael into the school for in-classroom arts integration teacher training sessions featuring West African Arts (Storytelling, Song, Dance and Drum).
The Saint Louis Art Museum trip makes it possible for students to attend a three-day intensive museum experience to view and create art that would not otherwise be possible due to the district not having a bus system.
Grand Center Arts Academy
Fashioneering is a collaboration with Caleres (formerly Brown Shoe Company) during which students will work through a shoe design competition while meeting professional designers and learning about design career paths.
Highland Guitar expands the current music curriculum by providing a classroom set of guitar for students to learn classical guitar.
DIY Ukulele STEAM Project makes it possible for students to design and build a ukulele utilizing step by step instructions in conjunction with St. Louis Classical Guitar. Students will also design and paint their hand-built instruments.
Holy Week Rugs will be made by students, in recognition of the Semana Santa Easter Festival where alfombras (carpets) are created on the streets with colored sawdust, sand, etc. in Antigua, Guatemala on Holy Thursday every year.
Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center
The Collaborative Clay Creation project will provide an opportunity for students to create a collaborative ceramic piece inspired by American artist Sam Falls. Students will travel to Laumeier Sculpture Park to see the artist’s work, be inspired by nature and collect natural materials for use in the final collaborative piece.
Meramec Heights Elementary School
The Orffestra will teach students music concepts and skills through the Orff Schulwerk music instructional approach to improve their music proficiency and meet state and national music standards while also developing collaboration, critical thinking, innovation and cultural awareness.
North Point High School
Shakespeare Festival will be a culmination of the 9th grade students’ unit on Shakespeare works including “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”. The festival will involve small performances of select scenes, an Elizabethan feast, strolling musicians, living chess, Elizabethan games, a puppet show, face painting, fortune telling and more.
Northview High School
Creative Service Learning is a student-led activity where Northview high schoolers will design, market and make school spirit wear clothing using the fundamentals of character education. The proceeds from the project are used to purchase hygiene product kits that are assembled and distributed to local homeless shelters.
In My Pershing Elementary Garden provides an opportunity for kindergarteners to explore literacy, storytelling and life cycles through creative movement with teaching artists from Metro Theater Company. The project will culminate in a field trip to Metro Theater Company’s production of “In My Granny’s Garden”.
Rebecca Boone Elementary
The Care Day program, which is designed to provide scare for children while school is not in session due to their four-day school week, will explore STEAM-based activities with the students, including activities like a paint pouring experience.
STEAM Academy Middle School
Students will be able to access woodwind and brass instruments that they can rent from the school, creating a more equitable learning environment.
Shaw Visual & Performing Arts Elementary
Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, will be performed by kindergarten through fifth grade students.
Wedgewood 6th Grade Center
Electrify Our Strings will provide students with access to electric violins, violas and cellos to experiment in class on and use in various performances throughout the school year. HBCU Drumline Experience provides an opportunity for students to have an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) experience through the medium of a Drumline ensemble.
Willow Brook Elementary School
The Embracing Community Mural will enhance Willow Brook’s busiest hallway with painted words to engage students in their school community, providing joy and inspiration for years to come.