Ceramic tile mural installation created by Norwich Middle School students under the direction of Art Teacher, Matthew Wilson. This project was funded by the 2014 Grants For Teachers Program.

Grants for Teachers

December 18, 2014

The Chenango Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of funding through the 2015 Grants for Teachers (GFT) Program.

The primary purpose of the GFT is to provide funding directly to classroom teachers responsible for achieving New York State Education Department Learning Standards for the Arts or Learning Standards for English Language Arts. To the extent possible, this program provides grants that directly meet the needs of teachers with a minimum of “red tape” and a maximum of flexibility. As a result, the types of projects eligible for funding are limited only to the imagination, invention and creativity of the applicant.

Grant requests may not exceed $500, and a total of $5284 was re-granted for 2015. All teachers currently employed by a school district in Chenango County, or working in a public or private school in Chenango County, grades Pre-K-12, were eligible to apply for opportunities through December 31, 2015.

The Council depends on donations to make these very important arts-in-education grants possible. This year’s GFT Program is made possible by Friends of the Arts Council, Walmart, ACCO and Community Bank. For more information about the GFT Program or how you can help keep the arts alive in our schools, please call the Arts Council at 336-2787/ARTS.

Congratulations to the following 2015 recipients:

BOCES- $500 for a Public Art Sculpture
Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School- $200 for purchase of print disability software
Greene Middle School- $400 for purchase of guitars, case, straps and foot rests
Holy Family School, Norwich- $369 for a trip to Anderson Theatre for Junie B. Jones production
Gibson Primary School, Norwich- $500 for a trip to Farmer’s Museum/Lippitt Farmstead
Gibson Primary School, Norwich- $500 for a trip to Harpursville Animal Adventure Park
Gibson Elementary School, Norwich- $350 for a trip to Wolf Mountain Nature Center
Norwich Middle School- $500 for purchase of industrial clay extruder
Norwich High School- $500 for trip to New York City Museums
Oxford Primary School- $500 to support the School Musical- United We Stand
Oxford Middle School- $465 for circle weaving project
Oxford High School- $500 for purchase of piano keyboard package

Members of the Chenango Arts Council’s Grants for Teachers (GFT) review panel met on Monday, December 13, 2014 to allocate $5284 into Chenango County schools. In attendance were: Mary El Emerson, Stephanie Coggins, Matthew Wilson, Arts Council Executive Director, Diane Batson-Smith, Susan Marson and Colleen Law Tefft.
The GFT Program is sponsored by Friends of the Arts Council, Walmart, ACCO and Community Bank.