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Teacher Funding History

Since 2010, the Clearwater Arts Alliance providing support for teachers of the visual and performing arts in Clearwater schools for classroom or school-wide projects, artist residencies, and most recently, professional development.

In order to be considered for a funding award, the two-page application form must be completed, the required support materials attached and submitted electronically or mailed and postmarked by the date on the application form.

Eligibility

Applicants must be teachers of the visual arts, music, theater or dance in the Pinellas County Public Schools.

Goals and Objectives

  • To support arts education projects or teacher professional development tuition and travel, which traditional sources do not fund.
  • To encourage teachers of the visual and performing arts to collaborate with professional artists for classroom or school-wide projects.

Totals

Awarded: $8,819.00

Students Served Directly: 5,529

Students Served Indirectly : 8,799
(Attended performances, viewed exhibitions, etc.)

Faculty, Staff, Parents, and Community Members: 7,816

Professional Artists: 128

Recipients and Projects

2016-2017

Dustin Hinzman—Clearwater High School

Students served directly:  37

Students served indirectly:  NA

Professional Artists: 2

Student Artists:  37

Faculty, staff , parents, community members:  81

Project: Travel to New York City to participate in workshops with professionals from the Broadway stage in actual rehearsal spaces.

 

Michael Sopko—Clearwater High School

Students served directly:  96

Students served indirectly:  2700

Professional artists: 1

Student artists :  12

Faculty, staff,  parents, community members:  133

Project:  Assistance with costs associated with hiring a professional

pianist to play in the pit orchestra for rehearsals and  four performances of The Addams Family, The Musical.

 

Noelle Stillman—Sandy Lane Elementary School

Students served directly:  200

Students served indirectly:  200

Professional artists:  1

Faculty, staff, parents, and community members:  220

Project: Multi-school and community festival celebrating Youth Art Month and utilizing the NOMAD Art Bus to create a community mural.

 

2014-2016

Edward Argenziano—Clearwater High School 

Students served indirectly: 190

Professional Artists: 2

Student Artists: 80

Faculty, staff, parents, community members: 307

Project: Bring in two instrumental music educators and performers as clinicians to prepare students for Florida Band Masters competition. Following the competition in March, the students will perform in a free public concert at Clearwater High School on May 12, 2016

Elizabeth Dykes—Eisenhower Elem. School 

Students served directly: 580

Professional Development: Rockfest Professional Development Conference hosted by Little Kids Rock. Little Kids Rock provides its certified teachers (Ms. Dykes became certified in 2014 and has been implementing the Modern Band curriculum at Eisenhower with 4th and 5th graders in guitar) with the opportunity to enhance skills in practical guitar/bass/drums/keyboard/vocals/songwriting.

Allyson Leja—Countryside High School

Students served directly: 185

Professional Development: Attendance at the Arts Education Association (NAEA) National Convention which covers three days and includes over 1,000 participatory workshops, panels, seminars for job-alike groups, research reports, discussions, exhibits and tours, as well as keynote addresses by world acclaimed educators, artists, researchers and scholars.

Marcia Reybitz—Clearwater High School 

Students served directly: 300

Students served indirectly: 1200

Student artists: 30 Faculty, staff, parents, and community members: 230

Project: The FAME Academy (Fine Arts and Media Education) T-Shirt project begins as a competition for fine arts classes in designing the artwork for an Academy t-shirt. Students, faculty and staff vote to determine the winning design. Students will learn techniques of screen printing using art/graphic design, screen creation and printing with paint.

Nick Sloan—Clearwater High School 

Students served directly: 225

Students served indirectly (audience members) 1200

Professional artists: 8 Student artists: 66

Faculty, staff, parents and community members: 2300

Project: Assistance with costs associated in hiring professional musicians to play in the pit orchestras for the large production of Mary Poppins. Professional musicians not only provide needed accompaniment for singers, but also sit side by side with instrumental students serving as musical and professional mentors for them.

 

2013-2014

Joy Roche-Performing Arts & Elizabeth Balcomb-Visual Arts-Clearwater High School
Students served directly 100
Students served indirectly 300
Faculty, Staff, Parents and
Community Members: 100
Project: T-shirt design competition with subsequent silk-screen printing and production.

Dustin Hinzman-Music-Clearwater High School
Students served directly 300
Students served indirectly 750
Faculty, Staff, Parents and
Community Members: 1500
Artist(s) 4
Project: Support for hiring professional musicians to play with student musicians in the pit orchestra for a production of Anything Goes.

Demaree Barth-Visual Arts-High Point Elementary
Students served directly 400
Students served indirectly 720
Faculty, Staff, Parents and
Community Members: 30
Artist(s) 1
Project: Creation of a ceramic sculpture garden with artist Paula Allen, Ms. Barth and art students. The project is anticipated to continue well beyond the grant period.

 

2012-2013

Linda Crawley-Visual Arts-McMullen-Booth Elementary
Students served directly 742 (whole school)
Faculty, Staff, Parents and
Community Members: 45
Project: Large outdoor sculptures made from bottle caps to improve the look of the campus.

Victoria Haggedorn-Music-High Point Elementary
Students served directly 688 (whole school)
Faculty, Staff, Parents and
Community Members: 51
Artist(s) 1
Project: Dance residency with REVolutions Dance Company whose primary focus is the disabled community and raising awareness of their strengths.

Laura Harris-Music-Eisenhower Elementary
Students served directly 705 (whole school)
Faculty, Staff, Parents and
Community Members: 34
Artist(s) 1
Project: Hands-on drumming and community building experience with Steve Turner of Giving Tree Music.

Jeanie Lociero-Music for students with special needs-Calvin Hunsinger
Students served directly 102 (whole school)
Faculty, Staff, Parents and
Community Members: 10
Artist(s)
Project: Two-day drumming and community building residency with Steve Turner of Giving Tree Music.

 

2011-2012

Wendy Bruce-Visual Arts-Ponce de Leon Elementary
Students served directly 112
Students served indirectly 630
Faculty, Staff, Parents and
Community Members: 250
Project: Claymation film.

Gina Sullivan-Visual Arts-Skycrest Elementary
Students served directly 340
Students served indirectly 530
Faculty, Staff, Parents and
Community Members: 52
Artist(s) 1
Project: Creation of school sculpture with artist Kevin Reese.

Anthony Fuoco-Music-Oak Grove Middle School
Students served directly 120
Students served indirectly 150
Faculty, Staff, Parents and
Community Members: 300
Artist(s) 3
Project: Purchase new sheet music for Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra, and provide clinicians to work with each group.

 

2010-2011 (Administered by the Pinellas County Arts Council)

Gwenn Weston-Music-Belcher Elementary
Students served directly 550 (whole school)
Project: Purchase books to be used in conjunction with mallet instruments to increase both reading and music skills.

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