Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers
Maritz, in collaboration with the Arts and Education Council, announced today that it has awarded $30,000 in grants ranging from $1,400 – $5,000 each to nine arts education projects in the St. Louis bi-state area through the Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers. Maritz and the Arts and Education Council partner to offer this unique funding opportunity to individual schools and non-profit organizations to support projects and opportunities that encourage creativity in the classroom; the grants are administered by the Arts and Education Council and supported by Maritz. The unique funding program enables teachers to apply directly for a grant. Awards are granted at the beginning of the school year. See the impact that the 2012 Maritz Arts and Education Fund had on last year's recipients.
“Three years ago we created the Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers in partnership with A&E to provide critical funding for art education projects in schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the St. Louis area that would otherwise go unfunded,” stated Debbie Schirmer, Maritz senior community affairs manager. “At Maritz we are dedicated to empowering people to reach their full potential, and our philanthropic efforts reflect that same commitment; consequently, we are proud to partner with A&E, which has a similar mission. This award-winning program provides unique opportunities for students … to maximize their creative potential and help lay the groundwork for their future higher-learning endeavors. We are thrilled that, as a result of this program, so many students have been recognized and awarded college scholarships to continue on with their arts education.”
The following programs received a 2013 Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers Grant:
Bayless Elementary School – Sculpting Good Character
This project will involve 700 students in the process of working with clay and glaze as they create a self-portrait tile using a slab roller and tile maker. The tiles will be used to create a wall of self-portraits and will become part of a school-wide display.
Brown Elementary School – Art to Remember
Students and their families will create family tiles that represent the members of their family and their family history. The culminating event will be the creation of a Legacy Mural to celebrate the diversity and family history of their school.
Immaculate Conception School – World Drumming Curriculum
Dr. Will Schmid will introduce approximately 300 students in grades K-8 to a world-drumming curriculum. Students will foster teamwork, cooperation and respect for others through the group drumming setting. A checklist for each student’s progress in these areas will be maintained throughout the school year.
Mehlville School District – Masks: Teaching Character Education through the Face of Cultural Diversity
The district’s four middle schools will encourage more than 650 students to explore a wide variety of racial, ethnic and cultural identities while creating individual mask projects inspired by the principles of Character Education. Students will help record the daily progress within the classrooms with video cameras. An exhibition of the masks and final video will rotate through the four schools along with an exhibition at a local bank and a community-wide weekend celebration “A Taste of South County.”
Most Holy Trinity Catholic School and Academy – Woodworking Enrichment
This grant will fund the purchase of the tools and supplies necessary to start a woodworking class. This class is as a part of the mandatory extended day program for grades 5-8 during which the school strives to provide learning experiences that complement and reinforce core subjects.
Normandy High School – The Color Purple, the Musical, “Uniting Our Community, Saving Our Youth”
In a year of Focusing on the Family the spring production of “The Color Purple, the Musical” continues the pursuit of bringing healing and unity to the community family. By presenting a popular yet poignant story, the hope is to start a discussion that will ultimately lead to solutions to the problems of educating children in their district.
Orchard Farm Elementary School – iPads in Art
To provide the tools necessary to succeed, 12 iPads will be supplied to enhance art education activities. Students will work in pairs on technologically enhanced art every day. Funds to purchase additional apps will be generated on the website www.artsonia.com where students will receive 15% back from all products sold featuring their work.
Windsor Intermediate Center – Guitar, A New Medium at Windsor Intermediate Center
Guitars will be introduced as a new medium for teaching music concepts. Students will learn to play the guitar and compose their own music to be played on the guitar. The project will conclude with a concert, which will highlight the wide-ranging abilities and talents that have developed using the guitars in the classroom.
Wood River / Hartford School District #15 – Filling Our Buckets
This project is based on a book by Carol McCloud, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? The premise of the story is that we all carry around an imaginary bucket; one can only fill his/her bucket by being kind to others and doing good deeds to make others happy. Approximately 440 students will create individual buckets from clay.
“At Maritz, we are dedicated to empowering people to reach their full potential and ensuring a solid and bright future for generations to come.”- Debbie Schirmer
Maritz – St. Louis based Maritz is a sales and marketing services company, which helps companies achieve their full potential through understanding, enabling, and motivating employees, channel partners and customers.
Maritz provides market and customer research, communications, learning solutions, incentive initiatives, rewards and recognition, effective meeting, event and incentive management services and customer loyalty programs.
For more information, visit www.Maritz.com or call 1.877.4Maritz.