Madison Arts Council Arts in Education Grants

Helping our educators in Madison

Madison Arts Council (MAC) has awarded five Arts in Education grants totaling $2,200.00.

Listed below are recipients and amounts granted:

Keith Anderson; $500, James Clemons High School; purchase a mobile piano or synthesizer that can be used in all facets of the band program

B. Dwayne Craft, $500, Bob Jones High School; replace outdated or worn out tools that are used to construct scenery for productions

Mary Davis, $300, Bob Jones High School; posters, banners and flyers to publicize the spring musical, “In the Heights”

Amy Williams, $400; Horizon Elementary School; purchase a digital publishing studio for students to write and illustrate their own digital and printed books

Jonathan Willis, $500, St. John the Baptist Catholic School; use to purchase proper equipment such as a keyboard, amps, possibly a tenor sax, that would be used for the jazz band he is wanting to start

Applications for grants were accepted from October 1 through November 14. All teachers who teach within the city limits of Madison were encouraged to apply.

Checks will be presented on January 12, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Madison City Council meeting.

“We actually received a total of 9 grant applications, totaling $9,280.50. MAC would have loved to have been able to fund all the requests, but we were limited to what our budget would allow,” Liz Cuneo said. Cuneo, along with Brenda Parker, served on MAC’s grant committee.

“MAC believes that art plays an essential role in the creative development of young minds,” Cuneo said. “With our Arts in Education grant program, we are able to assist local educators with monetary support for in-classroom projects and programs.”

In addition to the Arts in Education program, other programs and events that MAC sponsors are The Gazebo Concerts in the summer, SPACES Sculpture Trail, Art 4 Paws in April and the Student Art Tent at the Madison Street Festival in October. New to MAC this year is Christmas Card Lane.

Madison Arts Council is a not-for-profit 50l ( c ) 3 organization founded in 2001. MAC’s purpose and vision is to enrich the quality of life for Madison residents through various forms of dance, music, theatre and visual art.

Total Schools Helped 2012-2014

Amount Given to Educators 2012-2014

2013 Recipients

The Madison Arts Council gave out $2,000 total to four schools in Madison City limits.

  • St. John’s Band program. Band director Jonathan Willis received the grant to purchase music, instruments and bring in clinicians for the program’s first Music Performance Assessment.
  • Bob Jones High School Band program.  Assistant band director Leigh Thomas received the grant to update the band’s technology.
  • Discovery Middle School Choir. Ms Marla Jenkins received the grant to buy music, tune their piano, help purchase new uniforms for students who may not be able to purchase them. 
  • Liberty Middle School Choir. Ms. Marla Jenkins is also over the LMS choir program.  The grant was for buying an appropriate keyboard.

2012 Grant Recipients

We are gave almost $2,000 dollars to teachers of Madison schools.

  • Courtney Hooper with the Liberty Middle School Drama Department
  • Kristy Newsome with the West Madison/Heritage Elementary School Music Department
  • Sage Murine with the Columbia/Rainbow Elementary School Art Department
  • Sarah Baker with the Liberty Middle School Art Department

The money that the Madison Arts Council will be giving to the teachers will go to help get costumes on the racks and students working with clay in Liberty Middle School. The grants will also be bringing new instruments to two Madison City Elementary Schools. Finally, we are happy that special needs students will have the tools they need to work on their motor skills while creating art.