The Coast News Group

Art grants resuscitate programs at area schools

CARLSBAD — From preschoolers exploring creative dramatics to elementary students fashioning mosaics in the style of Niki de Saint Phalle to high school singers getting their musical groove on, ArtSplash grants totaling $8,672 will fund 17 art programs in North County schools in 2012-2013. Program recipients include teachers from Carlsbad Unified School District, Encinitas Union School District, San Dieguito Union High School District, San Marcos Unified School District and Vista Unified School District as well as the La Costa Valley Preschool.Washington Middle School Special Education teacher Heather Williams received a grant to work with students to plan, prepare and paint a mind-expanding Gestalt mural.

Valley Middle Band and Orchestra director Amanda Boer, said, “The ArtSplash grant will help sustain activities that the instrumental program requires to develop strong musicians. It will provide reeds for beginning musicians to try two reed instruments plus quality reeds for the instruments they choose. The grant will also provide percussion stick bags for musicians to check-out if they are unable to purchase the required materials.”

The 2012-2013 ArtSplash grant recipients include:

— Amanda Boer, Carlsbad Unified School District Valley Middle School, Band Accessories ($700)

— Christy Owen, Carlsbad High School, Chamber Singers, Encore Sound Express, Lancer Choir ($1,000)

— Jackie Meza, Carlsbad High School, Color Guard Supplies ($400)

— Jackie Solomon, Carlsbad High School, Xcalibur Nationals Dance Competition ($500)

— Sue DeWulf, Valley Middle School, Ceramic Creatures ($700)

— Encinitas Union School District’s Pat Keene, Park Dale Lane, Puppet Theatre ($500)

— San Dieguito Union High School District’s Carissa Mattison, La Costa Canyon High, Introductory Music for Students with Special Needs ($161.37)