Three Schools, District Receive Arts in Education Grants
League Middle Academy, Stone Elementary Academy, and Woodmont Middle schools recently earned $12,863 per school in Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Advancement grants to enhance arts integration programs in the classroom.
The GCS Visual and Performing Arts Department also received a grant for $22,115 that will be used to provide funding for teacher mini-grant projects, high-quality, rigorous, professional arts experiences such as field trips and performances, and teacher professional development.
The ABC Project is cooperatively directed by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Department of Education, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University. Its purpose is to ensure that every child in South Carolina, from pre-school through college levels, has access to a quality, comprehensive education in the arts, including dance, drama, music, visual arts, and creative writing.
ABC annually awards grants to schools for implementing arts integration into core content and to arts-focused school districts. Applicants are required to write a five-year arts strategic plan outlining how the grant money will be used to enhance arts education and arts integration. Grant recipients receive the awarded money for three consecutive years and have the ability to reapply for ongoing funding at the completion of the grant cycle.