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Arts Education Grant

Circus Culture

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2021: Circus Culture is an educational organization dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone to engage in the creativity and fun of circus performance. A few groups of K-12 students will be participating in a series of aerial/hoop workshops. These workshops will provide a history of hooping and assistance on how to explore this art of movement. An Arts Education Grant was used to compensate the two teaching artists for this program.
  • website: http://www.circusculture.org

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2021: An Arts Education Grant was used to fund two separate programs at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center. The first is the GIAC Jumpers which teaches African dance, drumming, hip-hop, tap, and theatre arts to Grades 2-5. The second is a virtual art program that helps students to explore different cultures. The virtual art program was made for 6th-8th graders, but recordings of the lessons will be available for K-5 as well.
  • website: http://www.cityofithaca.org/327/Greater-Ithaca-Activities-Center

Groton Recreation

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2021: Groton Recreation will be hosting a series of classes on color theory and design for 3rd-6th graders. Each group will learn about the tenets of design, like color, unity, variety, and harmony, and use what they learned to implement it in their own art. These sessions will make a space for students to expand their creativity, principles, and materials available to them. An Arts Ed Grant was used to compensate teaching artists and provide materials for the classes.
  • website: http://www.grotonny.org/park-recreationA

Elisa Sciscioli Keeler

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2021: Elisa Keeler and Shyla Saltzman have developed a unit of study for students at Russell Doig Middle School called Voices for Social Justice. The program connects music from history and today to social change movements, allowing for students to reflect on how they are intertwined. There will also be an opportunity for some students to perform the original song “Lift Each Other Higher” in a choir, further adding to the conversations they’ve been learning about. An Arts Ed Grant was used to compensate the teaching artists and other personnel involved.
  • website: http://musicforunity.org

Kenneth McLaurin

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2021: Kenneth McLaurin and Christopher Holmes will be hosting a workshop on digital storytelling for high school students. The students will be tasked with creating a short video revolving around the theme of 2020. This program will help students learn how to express their experiences through the medium of video and expand their perspectives by viewing the stories of others. An Arts Education Grant was used to compensate the teaching artists and provide materials for the students.
  • website: http://kennethmclaurin.com

Leanora Mims

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2021: Leanora Erica Mims is a STEM educator and cloth artist who will be hosting the “Hearts and Hands” Quilt Program for 5th-8th Graders at DeWitt Middle School. The program combines the literary art of haiku and the physical art of quiltmaking to teach students about the history of textiles and quilts in African-American communities. Each student will be responsible for their own quilt square. An Arts Education Grant will be used to cover the cost of materials to make and assemble the quilt.

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