Fine Arts Grants Gallery


Betty Ehret, Arizona Mu Chapter, and Lisa Ernst, California Beta Chapter, received 2016 Fine Arts Grants.

Click here for Betty Ehret's presentation, "Trailside Point Embraces the Performing Arts"

Betty, gifted facilitator at Laveen (Arizona) Elementary School District, was awarded $5,700 to add art supplies for performances, sound equipment, professional performances and a stage curtain for the performing arts program at Trailside Point Elementary School, a Title I school. “As a performing arts school, the teachers help the whole child develop, even students having difficulty in academic subjects,” Betty said. “The performing arts help motivate students to be in attendance, which, in turn, assists with understanding the objectives for the lessons.”

Lisa, who teaches at Alice Fong Yu, a K-8 Chinese immersion school in San Francisco, California, received $4,300 to integrate art within the content areas she teaches. “Whether it is in language arts, or in the STEAM/makers space, or in the study of ancient history, students are exploring art,” Lisa said. “Using metals to design jewelry from ancient Greece or Rome, or using the 3-D doodle pens to build engineering models of the aqueduct to the Great Wall, students will be able to connect to the various civilizations they are studying.”


 Lynn Melton, Kentucky Rho Chapter, and Luann Nedrow, Washington Beta Beta Chapter, received 2015 Fine Arts Grants.

Lynn, who is retired from teaching, was awarded $5,000 to assist the Penguin Project, a theater program for which Lynn volunteers as stage manager. The Penguin Project is open to individuals age 10 to 21 with a disability. Lynn said the program affects everyone involved. “The artists—children with disabilities—are visibly engaged. Children who initially would stand in the warm-up circle, never lifting their eyes and unable to speak their names, found their voices and performed in full song-and-dance mode to sold-out audiences,” she said. “The end of the project is visible: tremendous improvement in communication skills, socialization and self-confidence. But it is also measured by courage exhibited and joy expressed.”  

Luann, who teaches  at Grantham Elementary School in Clarkston, Washington, received $5,000 to support the Grizzlies’ Arts Programs (GAP), Grantham’s after-school art program. “Grantham students are considered high poverty, and most have an unproductive and sometimes unsupervised ‘gap’ between school and home time,” Luann said. “GAP was created to fill that need and provide a safe, in-house option with enriching arts activities for students in grades three through six. It has been proven by outcome evaluations of this program that the arts provide an alternative form of expression for youth dealing with anger, fear, abandonment, rejection and self-loathing. One student who began attending in the program’s first year would not give eye contact or speak unless required to. Now she greets others with a smile, talks freely and mentors other students. She has become an accomplished artist.”


Sally Jane Callahan, Georgia Beta Xi Chapter, and Mary Murphy, Pennsylvania Gamma Chapter, received 2014 Fine Arts Grants.  Sally Jane teaches visual arts at Pierce County Middle School in Blackshear, Georgia. She was awarded $4,000 to provide extra art activities for students in the form of a project called “Art in a Bag.” The program, which focuses on students who may have limited access to art materials at home, allowed more than 200 students to have “hands on” art experiences with their families.

Mary, a former teacher and museum docent, used her $6,000 grant to fund the project “Inspiration and Exhibition: Using Art to Explore History.” With the historic Glen Foerd Mansion in Philadelphia as an inspiration, students in grades nine through 12 will re-create works of art that echo great artists of the past.
Click here to check out this great project!


Congratulations to Melanie Stokes, Georgia Sigma Chapter, and Darcy Thomas, North Carolina Eta Chapter, who received 2013 Fine Arts Grants.

Melanie is the visual arts educator for all Wilkes County, Georgia, schools. The $5,000 grant will be used to provide extra art activities for students, enhance learning and acquire tools of technology needed to prepare art students for 21st-century jobs.

Darcy is the art teacher for the Alamance-Burlington, North Carolina, school system. The $5,000 grant will be used to provide iPad minis to students in the classroom. Students will be instructed in basic art and design principles using iPads. The iPad art will be uploaded to Artsonia, a large online gallery.


Congratulations to Roberta Patterson, California Zeta Chapter, who received a 2012 Fine Arts Grant.

Roberta is visual arts educator and art department co-chairman at Millikan High School in Long Beach, California. The $10,000 grant is being used to create a professional gallery space for student art. Students will be invited to display and critique artwork, which promotes communication, teamwork and critical thinking skills. The gallery project will support the development of a school-wide art gallery and museum studies course. Teachers and students will attend workshops sponsored by the Long Beach Museum of Art for docent training presentations.



2011 Fine Arts Grants recipients were Gina Donahue, Georgia Beta Upsilon Chapter, and Karen Lowman, Texas Beta Omicron Chapter. 

Gina is a guidance counselor at Union County High School. She was awarded a $4,500 grant to implement the school’s “Panther Expressions” program. Students in the program will experience after school , individualized visual art instruction using materials and techniques such as drawing, painting, mixed media, self-progress monitoring/evaluating and other research-based strategies related to portfolio development. The program is designed to address the creative needs of students and nurture life-long relationships, behaviors and attitudes related to creative learning.

Karen is a graduate student at the University of North Texas, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in music education. Currently she is an elementary music educator in Irving, Texas. She was awarded a $5,500 grant to implement a “Surfing the Keys into Music” project.  The project includes two aspects: offering small group lessons before and after school for a monthly fee of $15; and a comprehensive, 12-week program for grades three, four and five conducted during regular music class. The long-term goal of the program is instilling a life-long enjoyment of music in students and the possibility of furthering their music education.


Congratulations to Laura Brock, North Carolina Gamma Kappa Chapter and Paula Gibson, Georgia Beta Eta Chapter, who received 2010 Fine Arts Grants.
Laura is the band specialist at Hill Arts Magnet Middle School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The $5,000 grant will purchase instruments for band students, who will learn to play an instrument and read music. They also will learn self-discipline, responsibility, teamwork and appreciation of the arts.

Paula is a fine arts teacher at North Habersham Middle School in Clarksville, Georgia. The $5,000 grant will go toward production of the “Middle School Musical.” Students will collaborate with teachers and community members who will lead them through the process of producing their musical and assist them in learning an appreciation of dance, music, theater and visual arts. Paula will serve as the chief director and choreographer for the annual musical.


2009 Fine Arts Grants recipients were Delores Diaz, Georgia Beta Beta Chapter; Cheryl Gordon-Pike, Arkansas Delta Chapter; and Roberta Dean, Virginia Beta Tau Chapter.

Delores Diaz chairs the Education Committee of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. She has been awarded a $2,000 grant to implement the Center’s portfolio series. This program is designed to provide college-bound art students with skills needed to put their best foot forward at college interviews and present their work and therefore, themselves, in a professional manner. The series of classes and seminars will provide high school arts students with instruction on developing strong portfolios and skills that will make them competitive for scholarships and acceptance to college art programs. The Fine Arts Grants will contribute to a program for underserved high school visual arts students whose schools may lack the resources to meet their needs. This program integrates the visual arts and language arts to help students develop the technical and communicative skills necessary to more successfully compete for art scholarships and enter into postsecondary art programs.

Cheryl Gordon-Pike is a music educator at Owl Creek and Holcomb Schools of Fayetteville, Arkansas has been awarded a $4,000 grant to implement a world music drumming curriculum. The theme of that curriculum is “Transforming Lives . . . Building Community.” According to Rhonda Moore, principal at Owl Creek Elementary, “The curriculum transcends the mere teaching of music and delves into building listening skills, community, teamwork and respect. We are in such need of this curriculum in our school.” The Alpha Delta Kappa Fine Arts Grant to the community drum circle will fund the purchase of a set of high quality, easy to play, traditional drums to fit the drumming curriculum. The instruments will help two previously trained instructors encourage all
of the 1,080 students in these two schools to become stronger community leaders. They will work together as a team to communicate with each other and others, using respect and tolerance, while moving into a 21st century global structure. This is also an opportunity for many of the students to develop life skills in a hands-on setting. Using these drums will allow the children to develop in so many ways; musically, as well as being active listeners, creators, improvisers and performers in a multicultural tradition.

Roberta Dean is a retired art teacher, practicing artist and representative of “Friends of Onancock School,” and has been awarded a $4,000 grant to establish the Students’ Showcase. It is a permanent gallery for young artists in the community. This venue is expected to teach students how to display and market their art, as well as meet the public in their open-gallery night.
Since her retirement, Roberta has rented a studio in the Onancock School, which is also where the student showcase will be housed. She spends time in the studio doing silk paintings, watercolor, hand-colored photographs and custom framing that will help implement the grant.