Arts Festival Foundation awards grants to Edmonds School District teachers

Congratulations to the following educators who have received a 2011-2012 Visual Arts Idea Grant from the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

Clay exploration experiences with artist Julie Perrine include Lynn Behrendt’s second-, third- and fourth-graders Pottery Explore at Edmonds Elementary School and Mrs. Maxwell’s second-graders Portrait Vessels and Clay Sculpture at Cedar Valley Community School. Brier Elementary’s school-wide Art in Action! Program and Cathi Wrolstad and Tanya King’s Expression of Self (six projects for 60 students in sixth and second grade at Beverly Elementary will also have support this year.

Other elementary school grants were awarded to:

Karen Wolfe-Fritz, Westgate Elementary, Artist Notebooks for every student;

Mrs. Lockhart, Maplewood PCEP, Printmaking;

Melissa Marts, Seaview Heights Elementary, school-wide Docent Program;

Johanna Kalmus & the Madrona Integrated Team, Masks/Folktales Come Alive for 54 students;

Kim Copeland, Madrona K-8 for Endangered Species Screen Printing with artist Bill Matthews for 55 students;

Phil Onishi, Sherwood Elementary, Twisted Musicians for 140 fifth- and sixth-grade students;

Peggy Lindquist, Westgate Elementary, for The Leader in Me, 203 students and for Button Blanket (NW Native American Studies) for 29 students;

Tim McCarthy and his team at Mountlake Terrace Elementary for Fusing Glass Beginning to Advanced , 60 fourth graders;

Mrs. Berry and Mrs. Tsiakilos for Frog Pond, Mrs. Pendergrass for African Masks, Mrs. Peppin & Mrs. Morel for Portrait Vessels – all with artist Julie Perrine at Maplewood K-8.

Grants were awarded to the following middle school teachers and their projects:

Aleksey Aluf, Meadowdale Middle School, Acrylic Paint (mask & mural projects), 200-230 students and Leslie Dickinson, Alderwood MS Art Program, Fused Glass Experience for All and Art Materials.

Meadowdale High School teachers were awarded the following grants:

Jill Van Berkom for “Suzy Strelecky in the Classroom and Studio Strobes; D’Arcie Beytebiere, Mixed Media/Plaster and Clay with Judith Bushnell, NCECA (National Council Education for Ceramic Arts) Field Trip and Working Big (large fused glass projects); and Amanda Wood, for Seattle Art Museum Visit and Workshop (Gauguin focus)

Gail Summerfield, Lynnwood High School, received a grant for Drawing and Painting on Fused Glass, and the Edmonds Woodway High School Art Department received their grant for Guest Artist Workshops.

A major mission of the EAF program is visual arts education in the community. The Visual Arts Idea Grant program has been providing support for visual arts curriculum in K-12 schools since 1994. For this school year, $13,500 funded 28 projects; five partially and 23 in full. The success of this EAF Foundation program begins with community support for the annual Edmonds Arts Festival held each Father’s Day Weekend.

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  1. It’s great to be reminded that the visual arts are alive and well and appreciated in the Edmonds School district. Thank you Edmonds Arts Festival and artists. Your efforts produce an appreciation of art among our students that often lasts a lifetime.

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