News Release

Maritz and the Arts and Education Council Announce Grants for In-School Art Education Across Bi-State Region

November 07, 2017

Fourteen schools will receive funding for classroom-based art projects during 2017-18 academic year. 

ST. LOUIS, MO (November 7, 17). Maritz and the Arts and Education Council (A&E) announced today $30,000 will support classroom-based art projects in 14 schools across the bi-state region during the 2017-18 academic year. The projects selected represent a diverse range of creative activity from theatre to printmaking to stop-motion animation for elementary through high school students in Missouri and Illinois.

“Maritz is pleased to continue its partnership with the Arts and Education Council on this one-of-a-kind grant opportunity that provides individual teachers and schools the chance to apply for funding to support art-related projects and encourage that creativity in the classroom,” said Debbie Schirmer, Maritz Community Affairs director. “Year after year we consistently see the positive effects on the students who have been reached through our collaboration with the Arts and Education Council … we love this partnership and the results it achieves.”

“The arts can be a catalyst in a child’s life, impacting them for years to come academically, socially and artistically,” said Cynthia A. Prost, A&E President and CEO. “A&E is proud to offer this program in partnership with Maritz that helps teachers bring creativity to life in their classrooms and help our children and our region thrive with the arts.”

The 2017-18 Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers grant recipients are:

Digital and Advanced Photography students at Alton High School (Alton, Ill.) will create stop-motion animation videos using a series of photographs for their Claymation Stop-Motion Animation Project. This project will help students work collaboratively and utilize technology in an art medium reflective of the 21st century.

Buder Elementary School’s (St. Louis) Bookmaking in the Classroom project will allow students to make a variety of books that let them express themselves artistically and through their writing. The aim of this project is to help students unlock their creativity and forge a personal connection to reading, writing and making art.

Central Intermediate School (Roxana, Ill.) will bring new light, new life and new colors into the music room with its Rainbow Ukulele unit. Through this program, students will learn to read music, achieve success and have their lives brightened with the light and joy of music.

Collinsville High School (Collinsville, Ill.) will use its grant to incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the music classroom. During the six-hour camp, students will design musical instruments using 3D design software, produce their designs with a 3D printer, create electronic synthesizers using circuit boards and write music using Blockly coding language.

Griscom Public School’s (St. Louis) In School Art Classes will provide school arts activities for detained youth in the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center, encouraging creative skills and allowing them to gain confidence in their new talents through the production and presentation of their work.

Hazelwood North Middle School (Florissant, Mo.) will use its grant to provide art supplies for students to create murals, mosaics and other creative pieces. Hazelwood North’s goal for this project is to reach its full potential and serve as an inspiration to its students and the surrounding community.

The Bodies in Motion program aims to help students at Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School (St. Louis) make connections to who they are as people and gain a powerful sense of self confidence. In this program, students will create clay models of themselves and transfer them into short movies via stop-motion technology to show their bodies in motion.

Mehlville High School (St. Louis) students will convert a vacant theatre storage room into a space for young theatre designers to learn industry standard software and equipment. This Designers’ Makers Space Program will allow students in Advanced Design classes to create and work in a collaborative environment and gain a wide range of theatrical experiences.

Third grade students from Murphy Elementary School (High Ridge, Mo.) will take a field trip to Laumeier Sculpture Park (an A&E grantee) to inspire creative thinking and self-expression. While at the park, students will explore scale, space, balance, proportion and angles made by the sculptures in relation to nature.

Normandy Schools Collaborative (St. Louis) will use its grant to add ten keyboards to its Elementary Piano Lab program, which was first established by a Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers grant in 2014. Through this grant, elementary school students will have the opportunity to explore music theory, performance and composition through piano.

Normandy Schools 7th and 8th Grade Center (St. Louis) will also receive a grant to support its Speech, Drama and Debate Team. The funding will be put toward the middle school speech and debate tournament as well as the fall and spring middle school productions.

Special School District – Ackerman School (Florissant, Mo.) will put on a production of “North Pole Follies,” a one of a kind musical designed to showcase students’ abilities and allow them to enjoy the experience of performance, music and art. Maritz funds will be used to purchase costumes, set pieces, production technology, art supplies, music and instruments.

University City School District (University City, Mo.) will integrate art and science and help students make connections in a creative way through Printing Nature, a program in which students collect a variety of leaves and use them to create an art project that demonstrates their understanding of plant structure.

Warrior Ridge Elementary (Warrenton, Mo.) will use its grant to grow its Teaching Artistic Behavior (TAB)- based art class. Using this technique, students develop, plan and produce an original idea for an art piece, allowing them to dive into their passions, interests and ideas that help them grow.

The Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers offers unique funding opportunities to individual schools supporting projects and opportunities that encourage creativity in the classroom. Applications were evaluated by a community review panel at A&E’s Centene Center for the Arts. Since 2009, Maritz has generously contributed nearly $220,000 to support the program. A&E administers the Maritz grants to support classroom-based project and artistic opportunities that engage students in the creative process.

For more information about these grantees and all of A&E’s grant programs, visit

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About the Arts and Education Council: When the Arts Thrive, Our City Thrives. – The Arts and Education Council (A&E), is the St. Louis region's United Arts Fund providing financial, technical and educational support for arts organizations. A&E’s mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for arts and arts education throughout the St. Louis community. A&E is the only privately funded arts umbrella organization that serves the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis region. A&E builds a thriving arts community and impacts millions of people through multi-faceted programs, including: Operating and Project Grants; Arts Education Grants for Teachers; Arts Incubation at the Centene Center for the Arts; a Catalyst Innovation Lab; a stARTup Competition for Arts Entrepreneurs; stARTup-StL Crowdfunding Platform; Arts Leadership Management Academy (ALMA); Executive Directors Roundtable; Arts Marketers Professional Development; the Annual St. Louis Arts Awards; and Young Friends of the Arts.

Since its inception in 1963, the Arts and Education Council has raised and distributed more than $100 million in private funding for the arts – a significant contribution that directly impacts the quality of life in our region. A&E meets all 20 Better Business Bureau Charity Standards and has earned the Wise Giving Seal of Approval, a three-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Guidestar Exchange Silver Participant rating.

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Photo caption: McCluer High School’s production of “Dream Girls” was supported by a 2012 Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers grant from the Arts and Education Council.