AthFest Educates Announces Over $40,000 in Music and Arts Grants

AthFest Educates will award a total of $40,172 in funding to local K-12 educators and youth development specialists for the 2020-21 grant cycle, with $17,692 allocated for instruments and equipment and $23,386 providing music and arts programs and experiences. Though the AthFest Music & Arts Festival was canceled this past summer and the AthHalf Half Marathon will proceed virtually next month, the nonprofit will still provide only $4000 shy of the previous grant cycle’s total. AthFest has awarded over $464,000 since its inception. 

The John and Patricia Whitehead Grant will be split between two endeavors: new instruments for students at Barrow Elementary School and a new mural at Clarke Central High School of the district’s historic landmarks, businesses and people. The Nick and Erin Maulding Grant will be used to support Nuçi’s Space’s Pre-Amped Afterschool Music Program. Partially funded by the Stephanie Reavis Memorial Grant, fourth grade students at Timothy Road will collaborate with artist Cameron Bliss on a new portrait mural. 

Additional grantees include:

· Alps Elementary, Barrow Elementary and Barnett Shoals Elementary will receive a total of $7500 to purchase musical instruments. 

· The UGA Performing Arts Center will receive $5000 for 5400 CCSD K-12 students to experience professional dance, theater and musical performances through its Performances for Young People series. 

· Clarke Central High School will receive $4500 to implement a new ceramics unit into its sculpture class.

· Athens-Clarke County Library will receive $4300 to purchase instruments, technology and storage to offer free, virtual after school music programs. 

· Heart Music will receive $4000 to provide instrument-specific instruction to 6th-12th grade students at Hilsman Middle, Coile Middle, Cedar Shoals High and Clarke Central High. 

· YWCO will receive $3200 for 32 third grade girls to participate in a week-long puppetry arts project.