Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers
The Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers is a unique Arts and Education Council partnership that provides critical funds to arts education programs serving school districts in the St. Louis bi-state region. Maritz and the Arts and Education Council partner to offer this unique funding opportunity to individual schools and teachers to support projects and opportunities that encourage creativity in the classroom; the grants are administered by the Arts and Education Council and supported with a leadership gift from Maritz. 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.
Collinsville High School
Collinsville High School (Collinsville, Ill.) will bring members of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (an A&E grantee) to the school to perform and lead hands-on workshops in professional blocking, acting and make-up to students that prepare students for their own operatic production.
Lee-Hamilton Elementary (Ferguson, Mo.) in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will fix or purchase instruments and curriculum materials, giving students the opportunity to learn band instruments at little or no cost and teaching self-discipline, leadership and self-confidence.
Mason Elementary School
Fifth and sixth grade students at Mason Elementary (St. Louis, Mo.) present “Shrek, the Musical” with costumes, sets and props they make. The school, where one-third of students are English Language Learners, aims to foster feelings of belonging, acceptance and inclusion with the production.
Normandy High School
Normandy High School (St. Louis, Mo.) will put grant funds toward A Season of the Arts: Bridging our Community, a year-long program that aims to join students with the Normandy community to show the power of the arts as a unifying force. It will feature a Culture Fest, a student film festival and “Chicago, the Musical”.