The Arts Grants

There are a great many links between learning in the arts and student achievement. Study in these disciplines – dance, drama, multi-arts, music, and visual arts – have multiple connections to improved reading, verbal, writing and math skills, and to creative thinking. And yet funding for the arts is often in jeopardy. Support from the community is critical for maintaining strong programs and nurturing the remarkable talent evident in our students.

The Arts Grants
The Arts Grants
The Arts Grants
The Arts Grants

Grants

iPad Ensemble and Makey Makey’s
Amount funded: $11,382.13
January 2018
Provide a digital performing environment to students who may or may not study traditional instruments.
Commission Consortium & Composer in Residence
Amount funded: $500.00
January 2018
Expose students to the composition process. The original composition being composed by Sean O'Loughlin will then be performed by the 7-8 band.
Jazz Clinic with DIVA Big Band
Amount funded: $1,050.00
January 2018
Expose students to professional all-female jazz ensemble.
Art Masterpiece
Amount funded: $2,500.00
Year-long Program 2017-18
Benefits students in grades K-3 This fine arts program exposes children to great works of art and introduces important artists in a fun and engaging manner. Six different artists are selected each year. Children will learn about the artists’ styles, preferred art mediums and iconic works in the context of their culture and time in history. Parent volunteers act as Art Guides to provide a short lesson then lead the children in a discovery of their own personal artistic talents. The Skaneateles Education Foundation [SEF] provides funding for art supplies
Summer Art Camp
Amount funded: $525.00
April 2017
One-week summer art camp for grades 3-7 featuring Aboriginal mask and animal sculptures in clay and paper mache. Creative freedom and exploration encouraged as students work with these 3D mediums.
Silk Screening
Amount funded: $3,913.12
January 2017
Implementation of silk screening technology; art and business collaborate to design and sell products
Art Installations – A Collaborative Program
Amount funded: $2,500.00
January 2017
This project will expose students to technology’s impact on art installations through collaborative projects involving music, dance, visual art, and technology students. Students will generate various art installations to be shown in Skaneateles Central School District buildings and at the Schweinfurth Art Center. With input from local artist Lorne Covington, students will be exposed to the hybrid visual/textual live-programming environment, VVVV, to prototype and develop audio and visual applications to incorporate into live performance.
All-American HS Film Festival (AAHSFF) entrance fees for 3 juried students
Amount funded: $600.00
September 2016
Benefits Maddie Bohrer, Conor Driscoll, and Huw Messie Three of our students are having films shown and juried at the AAHSFF in Manhattan in October, 2016. This is a small token and reward for a job well done and wonderful publicity for our district.
Arts Masterpiece
Amount funded: $2,500.00
Year-long Program 2016-17
Benefits students in grades K-3 This fine arts program exposes children to great works of art and introduces important artists in a fun and engaging manner. Six different artists are selected each year. Children will learn about the artists’ styles, preferred art mediums and iconic works in the context of their culture and time in history. Parent volunteers act as Art Guides to provide a short lesson then lead the children in a discovery of their own personal artistic talents. The Skaneateles Education Foundation [SEF] provides funding for art supplies. Parent volunteer coordinators, Anne Salzhauer and Whitney Barnes, will manage the program in 2016-17. Parent art guides often work in teams. They coordinate directly with their classroom teachers to schedule an hour that works for both parties, then they deliver a brief lesson about the artist, and guide an art project inspired by that artist’s style. Typically, the projects are done in October, November, January, March, April/May and June. The artists for 2016-17 are as follows: Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Andrew Wyeth, Andy Warhol, Steve McCurry (photographer), Patience Brewster
Sean McLeod: Artist in Residence
Amount funded: $3,000.00
March 2016
Benefits all music and drama students in grades 6-12. $3,000 paid directly to Sean McLeod and his dance troupe will allow approximately 200 middle and high school students to have direct contact with a world-class performer/choreographer/motivational speaker, as well as have access to his professional, NYC-based dance company. Students will get to experience performance, dance, and personality development through rehearsals, talk-back sessions, as well as an actual evening performance where Skaneateles students share the stage with Sean and his company. Sean is an international, professional dancer, choreographer, and motivational speaker (among other things). His time and expertise is costly because of his accomplishment and stature. Highly worthwhile, but costly. With that in mind, we in Skaneateles - teachers, parents, and administrators like Gary Gerst - continue to be touched by Sean generously giving us immense contributions and reductions in his fees, and he remains only a phone call away whenever we may need his help personally.
Bobby McFerrin Circlesong
Amount funded: $4,950.00
March 2016
Benefits grades K (general music), grades 3-5 (strings), grades 6-8 (all students). Led by the world-renowned Bobby McFerrin, this workshop will be an “immersion in sound, creativity, learning, and community.” It is an opportunity to learn the improvisational singing technique called Circlesongs. This new way of approaching music making promotes life skills and would affect all students in the way they are taught, learn and create music, both during the school day and for performances.
Field Trip to Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell
Amount funded: $0
June 2015
HS students on this field trip learned the work of a modern artist who is incorporating technology into the arts with a focus on personal history and storytelling. They engaged in the process of creating a "Story Nest" which combines photography, narratives, music and images into creative projects and represents them with unprecedented styles.