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Sylacauga Arts Council grants $8,000 to local area schools

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SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga Arts Council awarded $8,000 of grant money to local area schools to enhance their arts programs for this academic year.

Here is a list of local schools and programs that received grant money.

Indian Valley Elementary: Artie 3000 Coding The school will Purchase Artie 3000 coding instruments to help students learn to be digital creators instead of just consumers. The students will learn how to design code and the instruments draw the code. All Indian Valley students will participate in this project. The Wells Fargo grant money will be combined with the Arts Council grant money to purchase for all grade levels.

Pinecrest Elementary:  Pinecrest Quilt David Whitman of the Whitman Gallery in Sylacauga will teach students the history of the Gee’s Bend, Alabama quiltmakers. Students will have the opportunity to paint a section of the quilts that they have studied. The quilt squares will be pieced together into a Pinecrest quilt. All fourth graders (approximately 150 students) will participate in this project.

Nichols Lawson Middle: Choir Retreat-The grant will be used to help compensate choral clinicians for the school’s choir retreat.

Sylacauga High: Thespian Fest and Choir Retreat The SHS Theatre Department and the Choral Classes will share the grant. The theatre department will use their half to help build the sets for their play, either Thespian Fest or their May musical. The Choral company will use their half to provide the students with clinicians to assist them in the preparation of their Christmas concert.

B. Comer Elementary: Art Makes the Heart Smart As part of their STEAM classes, BBC Elementary students will have the opportunity to express their emotions through art activities such as Playdough silly emotion art, 3D self-portraits and canvas emotion wheels. The entire student population will participate. The Wells Fargo grant money will be combined with the Arts Council grant money so the whole school will benefit.

B. Comer Memorial High: BBCMHS Needs More Art – The BBCMHS STEAM classes will schedule art lessons with David Whitman of the Whitman Gallery (COVID regulations permitting) or art books and media related to art will be purchased for the library media center.

Fayetteville School: smART Reading Grades K-12 at Fayetteville School will participate in a program called “smART Reading”. In addition, a section of the library media center will be designated for books related to careers in all areas of the arts. The Wells Fargo grant money will be combined with the Arts Council grant money to ensure that all grade levels will have arts and crafts books in the media center.

Sycamore Elementary: Let’s Hear the Drums! Drumming up Character, a multi-disciplinary curriculum for character education that combines drumming, dancing, character rap songs, and performing arts using a large array of drums and percussion instruments.  This will be a virtual interactive program for grades K4- grade 4. The Wells Fargo grant money will be combined with the Arts Council grant money for this project.

Winterboro High: Putting the “A” in STEAM  Winterboro School will emphasize the Art component in STEAM by purchasing painting canvases in multiple sizes along with paint pens. The students will not only create artwork at school but also (if COVID regulations permit) create artwork with their parents on an Art Community Night in the spring.

Knollwood Christian:  WE LOVE ART! The Wells Fargo grant will be use to introduce students in grades K4-grade 2 to different types of art, such as watercolor, mosaics and stained glass. The grant will be used to purchase supplies. The Arts Council grant will be used to purchase art supplies for grades 3-11.

Sylacauga Community Playhouse– The SCP will use the Arts Council grant on numerous expenses for the summer student production of Disney’s Moana, Jr.

For more information on how you can be a part of this effort in our community, click here.


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