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Cultural Council awards Arts Education Enrichment Grants to 9 teachers

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville has awarded Arts Education Enrichment Grants to Duval County public school teachers in an effort to provide expanded arts and cultural programs to area students. Nine grants were made through sponsorships by Prudential and Publix.

“We are proud to foster the creativity of classroom teachers and provide them with funds to impact their students in exciting ways,” said Robert Arleigh White, executive director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. “Generous gifts from Prudential and Publix make these grants possible and help to off-set state and local funding cuts to the arts and education.”

Grants were awarded to:

Arlington Middle School, “Choral Library Music Expansion”

Teacher: Lindsay Keller

The school will purchase choral literature relating to music history and theory which will be used by 400 students in grades 6-8 to expand performance options in school concerts and area festivals.

Atlantic Coast High School, “CSS Autism and Art Department Collaboration”

Teacher: Kelly Delaney

High school students from the CSS/Autistic and Art Departments will research and collaborate to design friendship bowls and an instructional relief mosaic incorporating nutrition, science, art, and social domains to build communication skills through the interactive project work. Students from both departments will exhibit final projects

Biscayne Elementary, “Enhancing the Curriculum with Hand Drums”

Teacher: Rovenia Shaw

Hand Drums will be purchased with the grant to help teach music theory, elements of music and performance skills to K-5 students. The program is designed to build listening and sight reading skills, and musical notation.

Eugene Butler Middle School, “Exploring the People and Culture of South Africa through Visual Arts”

Teacher: Laurie Brown

The at-risk middle schoolers of Eugene Butler’s EXCEL Day Treatment Program will study the art, music, people and culture of South Africa as an expanded social studies project. The project will result in collages, paintings and a large wall mural in order to raise awareness of other world cultures.

Jacksonville Heights Elementary, “Rhythm Giving Life to Reading”

Teacher: Lisa Butler

The goal of the project is to increase students’ ability to read with enthusiasm and fluency by bringing poems and speech pieces to life through the use of boom whackers and other percussive instruments. The rhythmic nature of poetry is enhanced through this technique which is designed to engage students in active reading strategies which promote improved comprehension.

Love Grove Elementary, “Diving Deep into Nature”

Teacher: Shavaun Wojciak

Incorporating both art and science, students in grades K-5 will study works by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. His interpretations of natural sea creatures, coral and plants will serve as inspiration for the students’ drawings and three-dimensional artworks.

Mandarin Middle School, “Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?”

Teachers: Jenny Prescott and Barry Croasmun

The project will transform a neglected space at the school into a graphic art showplace. Painted inspirational words, a school wide graffiti contest, cross-curricular writing prompts, and on-camera video spotlights will all be incorporated into a school-wide documentary.

Merrill Road Elementary, “Science and Cultural Integration at Timucuan Preserve”

Teacher: Nora Rieger

Students will travel to the Timucuan Preserve to learn about the history of the Timucuan Indians; explore the native land, plant, and animal life; and draw observationally from the flora and fauna of the preserve.

Spring Park Elementary, “Global Embrace Mural Project”

Teacher: Shavaun Wojciak

Students will collaborate to create a mural depicting positive attributes of a global society where internationally-minded people working together create a more respectful and peaceful world. The hands-on team project will be unveiled for an audience of their peers and families.

For more information on the grant program, please visit

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