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North Butler Receives $1,800 Art Grant

Fourteen Kentucky schools will receive a fiscal year 2015 Teaching Art Together grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to conduct artist residencies with students during the first half of the school year. North Butler Elementary will receive $1,800.

The Teaching Art Together grant allows teachers across the Commonwealth to collaborate with practicing, professional artists from the arts council's Teaching Artist Directory to design and implement one- to four-week residencies.

"The Teaching Art Together grant enables local, seasoned artists to engage students in the creative process and share their knowledge with Kentucky teachers," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Through the program, schools find new and innovative ways to incorporate arts education into everyday curriculum."
   
These grants will fund artist residencies between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. The residencies cover various school subjects and incorporate a wide range of mediums. Students receive several weeks of hands-on arts experiences. The residencies also help teachers incorporate arts into the curriculum long after the residency has ended. In the past, students and artists have collaborated to paint murals representing their school traditions, create clay animation films depicting important events in history and more.

More information about the Teaching Art Together grant can be found on the arts council website. The next deadline to apply is Oct. 1, for artist residencies occurring between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2015.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Thanks to Mrs. Kassie Decker for spending so much time writing grants to bring such wonderful programs to our school! It's programs like these that make learning authentic for our students. If you haven't been to North Butler to see the wonderful murals done by our students, you are missing out! Can't wait to see what our students create next!!

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