Piedmont PAINTS Grants $36,200 to PUSD for the 2017-2018 Academic School Year

PAINTS is excited to award a total of $36,200 in grants to Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) for the 2017-18 academic year for arts education programs and special projects.  

PAINTS is funding $20,968 in Art Program Grants at $8 per student for art materials for TK-12th Grades.  The non-profit organization continues to support Lunchtime Art once a week at the three elementary schools with a $6,000 grant.  PAINTS is also providing $2,500 in grants to District Libraries ($500 per library), the first year that Piedmont Middle School Library and Piedmont High School Library have received PAINTS grants. In addition, PAINTS is supporting District Art Shows and Events with a $750 grant.

PAINTS is pleased to award $5,982 in Art Project Grants to support eleven special art projects for classrooms and clubs at each school throughout the Piedmont Unified School District. The projects being funded in this grants cycle include the following:

  • Lydia Adams – Havens Elementary Kindergarten ($495) Concentric Circles Paintings
  • Janine Morton – Havens Elementary 4th Grade Language Arts ($640) in partnership with classroom parents and Havens principal fund ($600) Berkeley Repertory Theater’s Story Builders Workshop (six sessions for each of three classes)
  • Katie Jepsen – Havens Elementary 4th Grade Social Studies ($256) California Native American woven basket materials
  • Christine Hanson – Wildwood Elementary 2nd Grade Social Studies ($400) Large weaving loom and materials
  • Martin Lewis – Wildwood Elementary 4th Grade Social Studies ($256) California Native American woven basket materials (two year supply)
  • Raminder Sidhu – Piedmont Middle School 6th Grade Mathematics ($420) “Build Your Own Business” Project Graphic Design Specialist (six classes)
  • Michael Bracamonte – Piedmont Middle School 7th Grade Core ($300)  Tour of David DeRoche’s African Art and Artifacts (8 classes)
  • Gina McKuen – Piedmont Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Drama Classes ($515) in partnership with Piedmont Middle School Parents Club ($410) Costumes and Props for Drama 7-8 (Fall) and Shakespearean Drama 8 (Spring)
  • Kammy Cobb – Piedmont Middle School, Piedmont High School, Millennium High School Embodied Art Circle After School Club ($650) in partnership with Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee ($350); Transformative Process Art Specialist and Painting Materials
  • Janine Sohn – Piedmont High School 9th Grade World Cultures Elective ($1200) Infographics Project Graphic Design Specialist
  • Gillian Bailey – Piedmont High School Proposed Photography Class in 2018-19 ($850) – Refurbished Digital Camera and warranty

PAINTS wishes to thank all of its members and donors who make funding arts education possible. PAINTS is also grateful for the collaboration of Piedmont Makers, Piedmont Middle School Parents Club, Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC) and Piedmont Asian American Club (PAAC) in giving grants this year. A sincere thank you to Dr. Cheryl Wozniak, PUSD’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Administrative Assistant Mary Leon, and the Principals of each school for their collaboration in reviewing grant applications and administering of the grants.

To support the continuation of high quality art programs in our schools, please consider making a donation to PAINTS at and celebrating arts in our schools at PAINTS’ annual fundraiser, “The Big Art Party”, on March 10 and “The Big Art Show” from March 2-11 at Piedmont Center for the Arts.

The Big Art Show will feature Piedmont’s community of artists. PAINTS encourages artists with original 2D and 3D artwork to apply. A Call for Art is open now through February 9 at Half of the proceeds for art sales will go directly to support art education at PUSD and the other half to the artist. There will also be a separate “Call for Kids’ Art” through the elementary schools. PAINTS is excited to bring the local art community together in supporting art education.

PAINTS (Promote Art in the Schools, Inc.) awards grants to individuals, schools and other organizations promoting the arts and art education within Piedmont, California.  To apply for a bhg2010-10_lggrant, please read these grant guidelines before completing the on-line application. If you have any questions, please contact Shari Fujii PAINTS Grants Director.

The PAINTS grant program supports the belief that the arts teach a common core of knowledge that helps students appreciate and understand human history and cultures, develop higher order thinking skills, express their own creativity and develop a life-long appreciation of the arts. PAINTS hopes that providing grant money will encourage educators to integrate art into all their curriculum and activities.

PAINTS awards three different types of grants: Program grants; Project grants, and Professional Development grants.

Program Grants
The purpose of the Program Grant is to support art education programs within the Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD). In September, PAINTS awards program grants to each of the Piedmont schools, based on the number of students enrolled and engaged in art education. Recipients of PAINTS Program Grants include the Art, Library and Lunch Art programs at the elementary schools; the Art, Film and Makers  programs at the Middle School, and the Art Department programs at the High School. Program Grants are awarded once a year at the beginning of the year.

Project Grants
Project Grants are awarded for unique projects that are not covered by funds from the school budget or from PAINTS Program Grants. Special equipment and/or supplies as well as additional instruction time is funded in this category.  Examples of Project grants include hiring guest instructors for special classroom activities; purchasing a new kiln, and creating large ceramic tile mosaic installations using student input.  To support Arts Integration, elementary classroom teachers have also received grants for special activities like making Mission tiles; book binding; Ukrainian egg dying, Poetry and Decoupage, basket weaving and Chinese brush painting. Project Grant Cycles are open to the teachers at least once a year. The last funding cycle ended in November 2017. Another potential cycle is being planned for April 2018.

Professional Development Grants
PAINTS awards Professional Development grants to teachers, administrators and art specialists who seek instruction in any art form and/or who want to integrate the arts into their curriculum.  Among other things, PAINTS has provided funding for the Art for Educators workshops offered by MOCHA;  the California Arts Education Conference;  the Arts Integration Credential program;  Dance classes at LUNA for elementary school physical education teachers;  ceramics classes at Leslie Ceramics for the high school ceramics teacher, and Collaboration Conferences for the elementary art specialists. Professional Development Grants Applications are reviewed on an as-needed basis.

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