The arts make Tempe a better city. Studies even show that students who study art in school are recognized more frequently for academic achievement. These are just a few of the reasons why Tempe is so committed to supporting the creative efforts of local teachers through its arts grant funding programs.
There were 21 teachers at 14 Tempe schools who received a School Arts Grant for their proposed projects, which include supplies for musicals, community art nights, new instruments, and residencies for art and music students. Grant funds were awarded up to $750 per project.
This year grant funding supported the arts programs in the Tempe Elementary School District, Kyrene School District and Tempe Union High School District, Tempe Preparatory Academy and New School for Arts and Academics.
School Arts Grant Recipients
Connolly Middle School – Students in the Advanced Art Class will work with visual artists Such Styles and Champ Styles in a one-week residency. The project will highlight student’s personalities and transform them into street art forms.
Connolly Middle School – Students in the Connolly Band program will receive private lessons and master classes taught by professional oboe and bassoon musicians Charlotte Ethington and Dr. Kristlynn Woods. These classes will support student’s desires to pursue additional instruments in band.
Fees College Preparatory Middle School – Students in the Advanced Art Class will work with visual artists Such Styles and Champ Styles in a one-week residency. The project will highlight student’s personalities and transform them into street art forms.
Fuller Elementary – Students will use Rubik’s Cubes as “tiles” to create contemporary art inspired by visual artist Chuck Close. The project will travel around the twenty-two schools in the Tempe Elementary School District with gifted student programs for all the students to use.
Fuller Elementary – This grant will support purchasing props and supplies for the fourth-grade musical production of the book “Mortimer”, written by Robert Munsch. All fourth- grade students are involved in the performance which calls for several additional costume needs.
Gililland Middle School – Students in the Advanced Art Class will work with visual artists Such Styles and Champ Styles in a one-week residency. The project will highlight student’s personalities and transform them into street art forms.
Laird School – The instrumental teachers will receive an updated music library for grades 6-8 to use while in the performance ensemble. The library will include enough pieces for students to play while never repeating during their time at the school.
Thew Elementary School – An itinerant band teacher will be able to purchase software to integrate multiple devices, such as audio, video, and lights from one computer, as well as a Soundbrenner Pulse to assist with a deaf percussion student. These resources will provide efficiency and a higher quality experience during her class time.
Kyrene del Norte – This grant will support the school’s drama production of “The Wizard of Oz” in December 2019. Funds will be used for sets, costuming, and technical assistance.
Kyrene Middle School – The chorus students will be able to perform with a professional piano accompanist for their concerts. The accompanist will assist with the group’s four shows and rehearsal time the week of the concert.
Kyrene Middle School – The Kyrene Middle School PTO will match funds in order to provide the Mariachi program with 3 male and 3 female trajes. The trajes are traditional costuming in Mariachi groups and will be used for a variety of concerts, including school assemblies, El Puente Fest at the Tempe Center for the Arts, and multicultural nights in the Kyrene school district.
Kyrene Middle School – This grant will support the Spring production of “Honk”, which is an adaptation of the fable “The Ugly Duckling”. Funds will allow for a 1-year license and royalty for the scripts and music.
Kyrene Middle School – Students will have access to woodwind specialist Dr. Schultz Bennett to assist with teaching beginning flute, clarinet, and saxophone players. The musician will work with students once a week to provide guidance and additional knowledge.
Kyrene de la Mariposa Elementary – The music teachers will further aide their students with the use of alto and soprano glockenspiels. Teachers will provide weekly instruction to all 550 students on how to play glockenspiels and Orff instruments.
Waggoner Elementary – Funds will assist in purchasing supplies for two permanent art installations in the school inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe. Students will create and glaze clay tiles that will be incorporated into the overall mosaic.
Corona del Sol High School – The band program will benefit from weekly sessions with professional saxophone player Dr. Keith Kelly. Dr. Kelly will provide instruction and enrichment to the school’s jazz players.
Corona del Sol High School – This grant will fund supplies needed for producing alternative photography processes called platinum palladium printing. Photography students will be challenged with new methods while also producing high quality work.
Marcos de Niza High School – This grant will support the Spring 2020 musical production of “Seussical”, which will include participation from over 100 students. Funds will be put towards the Choir Drama Parents budget to assist with the overall production.
Marcos de Niza High School – The Fine Arts Department will receive a 3-dimensional display case for students to display their work. The gallery case will be used by ceramic students and those in other 3-D art classes.
Tempe Preparatory Academy – This grant will support the 2020 Spring Musical of “Into the Woods”. Funds will aide in reducing participation fees for the twenty-five students participating in the production.
New School for the Arts & Academics – The school holds a series of events called Community Art Night, which invites the community to participate in projects led by school groups and guest artists. This grant will support artist stipends and supplies for four events throughout the year.