St. Louis College Prep awarded arts grant

The St. Louis College prep arts department has been awarded a $3,825 grant to help add ceramics and digital photography to its offerings.

The funding is provided through the Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers.
Art instructor Julie Linneman said the funding would be used to help expand the school’s existing Teaching Artistic Behaviorprogram.

“The current art program provides TAB based learning with offerings in painting, sculpture, drawing, and collage,” said Linneman, noting that the new funding would help to purchase two potter’s wheels, two point-and-shoot cameras, two Canon DSLR cameras and a photo printer.
The grant also provides funding for basic supplies for the new offerings, including clay, a variety of ceramics tools, and ink and photo quality paper for the new printer.

Additionally, the funding will provide licenses for four copies of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop – key software for digital photography studies.

Linneman said TAB classrooms provide scholars with choice­based art instruction opportunities, a process which has proven to be effective in improving critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration and as well adaptability and leadership skills – all key aspects of our St. Louis College Prep’s core values.

The Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers is a unique A&E partnership that provides critical funds to arts education programs serving St. Louis area school districts. Maritz and the Arts and Education Council partner to offer this unique funding opportunity to individual schools and nonprofit organizations to support projects and opportunities that encourage creativity in the classroom; the grants are administered by the Arts and Education Council and supported with a leadership gift from Maritz. The distinctive funding program enables teachers to apply directly for a grant to use during the school year. The Fund’s goal is to support classroom-based projects and artistic opportunities that engage students in the creative process.