Representatives from Cleveland City and Bradley County school systems and private schools, as shown, accepted over $12,000 in grant money from the Arts in Education Committee of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. Funds were raised from the 2020 Chair-ries Jubilee annual benefit spearheaded by the Allied Arts Council.
- photo by Joel Henderson
The Arts in Education Committee awarded over $12,000 in teacher grants to several local elementary, middle and high schools for use in promoting the arts during the 2020-21 school year.
“We applaud the teachers for submitting their Arts in Education grant applications during these extraordinary times,” said committee Chair Michele Mummert, arts integration consultant. “The projects are a wide variety high-quality arts experience; some which are virtual.”
“The money is proceeds from this year’s Chair-ries Jubilee fundraiser, which raises money for arts programming and education opportunities,” said Nancy Casson, Chair-ries Jubilee Committee chair.
The Arts in Education Committee, a division of the Allied Arts Council of Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, distributes funds each year to teachers in the Cleveland City and Bradley County School Systems and private schools that are members of the Chamber of Commerce. The money also allows the Allied Arts Council to bring visiting artists into local schools.
Ms. Mummert added, “Thank you to the AIE grant review committee for the dedication to review these grants. This year, teachers could apply online and grant reviewers received those grants electronically.” Following an open application process, the committee distributes grants for arts experiences based on their artistic merit, benefits to audience participants, planning and implementation and commitment to advocacy.
Schools receiving grant funds include: Arnold Memorial Elementary, Blythe Bower Elementary School, Bradley Central High School, Charleston Elementary School, Hopewell Elementary School, Park View Elementary School, Tennessee Christian Preparatory School and Walker Valley High School.
“The council congratulates the AIE 2020-21 award recipients and thank them for doing the important work of exposing our youth to the arts and arts-integrated learning,” said Ms. Mummert.