Arts are in the spotlight for the most recent round of BEF grant funding. 2014 grants supporting the visual and performing arts included:
- A musical and cultural exploration project in which Bexley Middle School and Montrose Elementary students created, performed and recorded folk songs following East African traditions, using drums and percussion instruments purchased with BEF grant funds.
- A two-day tee shirt screen printing workshop for high school students led by the artists at Alison Rose, a local business located in the Short North. Two students created the designs that were silk-screened on gray and blue tee shirts.
- The opportunity for elementary students in grades 4, 5 and 6 to participate in Kids in Harmony, a program of the Harmony Project. Students work with local musicians on performance goals and participate in community service projects to become active and engaged community members. The students will perform for the community in a free concert on May 6 in the BHS Schottenstein Theatre. (Grant was awarded Spring 2014)
- A two-day songwriting residency for elementary students with Grammy-nominated recording artists Eric Brace and Peter Cooper. The residency concluded with a community concert on March 4 in the Cassingham Theatre.
- A $30,000 grant to support the purchase of a new intercom system for the Schottenstein Theatre.
- Students in the BEF’s Youth Philanthropy Program made a grant award to support a residency by local street artist, Stephanie Rond, to take place this spring. Stephanie, will talk with students about the place of public art and public messages in society and will be work with BHS students to create and install a temporary work of street art.
BEF grants support programs and projects that enhance excellence at all grade levels, across the district. There are two funding rounds each year; the deadline for our Spring grant cycle is Friday, March 13. Click here for more information.