Since the festival’s first year, Fine Arts of the Suncoast has donated event proceeds back to the community through arts education awards in Pasco County public and private schools. To date, over $90,000 has been donated, benefitting over 15,000 children and teens with supplementary visual and performing arts opportunities. Any school in Pasco County (public or private) is eligible to apply for a project in any of the artistic disciplines – Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre or Multi-disciplinary, and funds may be used to cover any necessary expenses.
Crews Lake Middle School received an award for music instructor Dennis Rowan’s project called “Live Jazz for the Community”. The grant will be used to purchase more jazz standards for the school’s small library and will help cover bus rental for the students public performances at American Legion Halls and for residents of The Angelus. The jazz students at Crews Lake are excited to expand their repertoire and audiences in Pasco County.
Fivay High School was awarded for instructor David “Wade” Slater’s “Mural Madness” project. This year’s funds will go to continue the mural project that was started with Suncoast Arts Fest funds in 2015. It will go to purchase enough paints and art supplies to complete several small murals around the high school. The goal is to add a little school spirit and personality to the new building.
Fivay High School received a second award for instructor Sarah Childers’ “Project Quality Learning”. The goal of the project is to provide students with resources that will enhance their learning in the music classroom. These will include: classroom set of metronomes, classroom set of tuners and tuner clips for the instruments. The metronomes and tuners will be available for students to check out and use for at home practice as well as utilize them in the classroom learning.
Wiregrass Ranch High School received a grant for art teacher Darcy Fermin’s project called “Printing Press”. For this project, the class will be working with a printing press to create etchings and linoleum carvings to create one of a kind prints. Students will research and learn about various types of printmaking and the pro and cons to each method. Through their research, students will decide which method best suites their talents and styles. Then each student will develop their very own print design and print it twice, using the printing press.
Classical Preparatory School and teacher Lynne Brown received a grant for “Clay Daze”. Classical Preparatory School opened in 2014, with temporary portables. Art classes were provided by an art teacher on a cart. Only middle school students were able to use air dry clay to make a project. This year art is in a permanent building with an art room. The school acquired a used kiln over the summer. This grant will provide a ceramic art experience for each of the school’s 403 students this school year. That’s kindergarten through ninth grade. The funds will cover costs for low fire clay, glazes and a class set of ceramic tools/supplies. All students will benefit from a three dimensional clay piece this year.
Anclote Elementary School and teacher Dan Garcia’s were awarded for “Sailing into Wellness”, a program created by the art department to support the school’s goal to improve the mental and physical wellness of its students. Grant funds will provide each student in the program with a sketch pad and art pencils to serve as an emotional outlet. Studies show that both manuscript and art journals are a wonderful outlet for a student to let out emotions that might otherwise manifest into some type of negative behavior.
River Ridge High School received an award for Julianna Stewart’s “Cameras” project, which will focus on teaching students how to shoot creatively on a DSLR camera. They will learn to interact with settings, lenses and lighting to create and design artwork and to prepare students for a future career in digital design. This program will challenge students by asking them to think outside the box and move beyond cell phone photography with easy snap and shoot. This project will allow serious art students to thrive in photography and digital imaging.
Land O’ Lakes High School received funding for Cindy Smith’s project “Shine on St. Pete Murals/Art District and the Dali Museum”. This grant will allow Ms. Smith to take her art students on a day trip to downtown St. Pete that will include a guided tour of the Dali Museum, followed by a walking tour of the downtown arts district to view the “Shine Mural Project” that has become such a rich tradition there. Students will be expected to photograph the architecture at the Dali and of St. Pete’s surrounding urban settings. After the trip, students will be asked to submit their favorite photos for a school photography exhibit that documents the trip.
West Zephyrhills Elementary School was awarded for Becky Brown’s project “Have Paint – Need Brushes”. West Zephyrhills Elementary has approximately 850 students, but only one full time and one part-time art teacher. This grant will help these teachers purchase new paintbrushes for use in their classrooms. All the students at West Zephyrhills will benefit from having the appropriate brushes and learning proper painting techniques.
Rushe Middle School received a grant for art teacher Amy Wilson’s “Linoleum Block Printing” project . This grant will allow students to learn and experience printmaking and how to reproduce artwork. Funds will purchase more linoleum cutters, new blades, linoleum blocks and ink. Printmaking is part of the curriculum and standards for Exploring 2D Art, and this project will help better prepare Rushe’s students for high school.
Cotee River Elementary School received funding for Michelle Parris’s, “Clay Sculptures” project. The supplies asked for in this grant will be used for unit on Form/3-D art for kindergarten through fifth grade. Students learn about 3-D sculpture through manipulation of clay, while also differentiating between utilitarian and non-utilitarian sculptures. They learn clay hand building methods appropriate for their age and grade level as they follow sequential procedures to complete their projects.
|Land O Lakes High School||Band||$500.00||“found” object instruments|
|Fivay High School||Band||$500.00||half cost of bus to festival|
|Wesley Chapel High School||Band||$500.00||bringing in USF professionals|
|Dayspring Academy||Music||$295.00||Music Writing Software|
|Longleaf Elementary||Theater||$500.00||Musical Scripts, costumes, set|
|Wesley Chapel High School||Dance||$500.00||Professional development|
|Mitty P. Lock Elementary||Visual Arts||$426.93||iPad|
|West Zepherhills Elementary||Visual Arts||$120.00||Plaster mask making materials|
|Wesley Chapel Elementary School||Visual Arts||$500.00||Animation|
|Connerton Elementary||Visual Arts||$500.00||Family clay night|
|Shady Hills Elementary||Visual Arts||$390.80||Leathercraft|
|Anclote Elementary||Visual Arts||$499.00||iPad|
|Pine View Elementary||Visual Arts||$363.01||Mask making|
|Denham Oaks Elementary||Visual Arts||$490.00||iPad|
|Lacoochee Elementary||Visual Arts||$500.00||Japanese Straw Painting|
|Longleaf Elementary||Visual Arts||$500.00||iPad|
|Wiregrass Ranch High||Visual Arts Secondary||$500.00||Artist in Action NAHS|
|Ridgewood High||Visual Arts Secondary||$500.00||Clay monoprints|
|Land O Lakes High School||Visual Arts Secondary||$500.00||Figurative clay sculpture|
|RB Stewart Middle||Visual Arts Secondary||$454.33||O’Keefe pastels|
|River Ridge||Visual Arts Secondary||$448.00||iPad|
|Mitchell High School||Visual Arts Secondary||$428.84||Cultural art, weaving, paper clay|
|Fivay High School||Visual Arts Secondary||$500.00||School Murals, Display boards|
|Thomas E. Weightman Middle||VSA extention||$100.00||Art supplies|
Total awarded = $10,813.91
In 2011, Suncoast Arts Fest expanded its giving with a new “Arts for Kids” mini-grant program. In its first year, the festival was able to award 11 project grants and funded tuition for 16 teachers to attend the Florida Art Education Association conference.
Project grants included:
In 2010, Suncoast Arts Fest funded a youth arts-based calendar at www.ArtsGoForward.com. This site was created to promote Pasco County youth arts programs and resources with plans to grow its services to include direction and resources for futher education in the arts.
In 2009, festival funds were used to promote elementary art to offset arts education budget cuts in Pasco County schools.
The 2008 SAF raised funds were used to send fifty 11th – 12th graders to the Ringling College of Art and Design for “Portfolio Day”, where 53 national arts colleges review works of aspiring art students in a variety of creative fields.
The 2007 show raised enough funds for five “Art to Go” teaching trunks full of visual and performing arts resources. These trunks remain available to all Pasco county schools and include the following themes and teaching materials:
In 2005, fine artist Christopher Still made a presentation alongside members of Suncoast Arts Fest that featured ten of his murals depicting Florida history. Framed prints of these murals, interactive audio CD’s and teacher lessons were placed in a “traveling tub” for use by all Pasco County Schools both public and private, K-12. The original murals currently hang in the House of Representatives located in Tallahassee, Florida. Pasco County school board members, art teachers, students and the public were invited to Longleaf Elementary School for this presentation.
All festival proceeds are donated back to the community through the Arts for Kids mini-grant program, which provides funding for fine and performing arts projects in Pasco schools. You can help us meet our goals by making a tax deductible contribution to Fine Arts of the Suncoast.
Suncoast Arts Fest is produced by Fine Arts of the Suncoast, Inc. a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to its mission to develop a community culture that embraces the arts. All festival proceeds are donated back to the community through “Arts for Kids” mini-grants, which provide special project support for fine and performing arts projects in Pasco County schools. In total, SAF has awarded over $91,000 for the benefit of over 15,000 area children and teens.