COCA Awards Grant Funding to Local Arts Teachers

Allowing students access to supplemental learning experiences in and through the arts
Chiles High School art teacher Teresa Coates gets a hand from students Nathan Stratton and Cody Rising (Grant Funds were used to purchase materials and supplies which were used to introduce art students to Japanese raku and ceramic processes) Photo courtesy of COCA.

The Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Arts Education Grant Program. Twelve local arts teachers have been awarded a total of $5,530.60 for arts programming.

COCA designed the Arts Education Grant to remove financial barriers for arts educators to access resources and arts experiences for their students, materials and equipment for their classrooms, and arts specific professional development

opportunities for their own continuing education.

This grant supports creative instructional approaches by funding arts related projects not supported by school budgets.

Its purpose is to support arts teachers who have innovative ideas for enhancing their curriculum or allowing students access to supplemental learning experiences in and through the arts.

Rickards High School students Hosea Washington Jr. and Quincy Cameron make tiny adjustments for perfect registration of the print (Grant funds went towards establishing a new screen-printing club for high school art students) Photo courtesy of COCA.

COCA compiled a panel of three volunteer arts education experts to review and score the 22 submitted grant applications. The grantees for COCA’s 2019-2020 Arts Education Grant Program are:

  • Randy Baez, music teacher at DeSoto Trail Elementary
  • Bethany Bennitt, music teacher at Conley Elementary School at Southwood
  • Ashley Chandler, art teacher at Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts
  • Janine Falah, art teacher at Sabal Palm Elementary
  • Anna Marie Friars, music teacher at School of Arts and Sciences at the Center
  • Clara Knotts, music teacher at Lincoln High School
  • Christina Mason, music teacher at W.T. Moore Elementary
  • Andy Nathan, music teacher at Holy Comforter Episcopal School
  • Sheri Nilles, art teacher at SAIL High School
  • Mary Register, music teacher at Springwood Elementary
  • Natalie Rios, music teacher at Trinity Catholic School
  • Sierra Service, theater teacher at SAIL High School

More information about COCA’s Arts Education Grant Program can be found at

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