MELBOURNE, Fla., (February 7, 2022) – Art education has been more critical than ever during the pandemic, when many youth feel uncertain about the future and disconnected from peers. The visual arts can be a window to curiosity, play, empathy, and — most important during these times — empowerment. It teaches us to think in new ways and embrace new solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. All too often, art educators are challenged with limited resources to enrich their own professional development and enhance the classroom experience for students.
The Community Foundation for Brevard is pleased to announce the eight Brevard Public School art teachers selected as recipients of the 2022 Nancy Baur Dillen Art Teacher Scholarship:
- Carline Campbell-Ceasar – Westside Elementary
- Kevin Gilreath – Titusville High
- Linda Hedary – Endeavour Elementary
- Kamela Lambert – West Melbourne School for Science
- Amanda Lewis – Lockmar Elementary
- Renee Nixon – Viera High
- Emily Thompson – Cambridge Elementary
- Alexis Van Vuren – Freedom 7 Elementary
During the summer of 2022, the scholarship will provide funding to cover tuition, related fees, and room and board for one-week workshops of each teacher’s choice at the internationally recognized visual art education center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Since 2015, 40 scholarships have been awarded to Brevard Public School art educators through the Nancy Baur Dillen Art Teacher Scholarship at the Community Foundation that are helping to inspire both local art educators and the students they teach.
“The Community Foundation recognizes the important role of art and arts education in expanding our thinking and engaging and empowering our youth,” said Theresa Grimison, president & CEO of the Community Foundation for Brevard. “We also understand that families and schools are dealing with uncertainties and the residual disruption from the previous year. Arts education even helps address these challenges by supporting the learning needs of students, helping them to succeed both in and out of school.”
It was the vision of artist and retired Eastern Florida State College professor of art, Nancy Baur Dillen and her husband Rick to create the scholarship program with the Community Foundation for Brevard so that art teachers would have an opportunity to share, develop and grow as artists and as educators. A committee made up of artists, educators and community members review the applications and make recommendations of the finalists to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“This scholarship gives art educators a chance to experience workshops with leading, nationally recognized artists and spend the week immersing themselves in this creative community,” shared Nancy Dillen. “Our local art educators get the chance to recharge their creative batteries, connect with other artists, and bring renewed energy and innovation back to their classrooms.”
Gallery of 2022 Scholarship Recipient’s Art:
About Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a national art education center. The school offers workshops for the beginner to advanced artists taught by national and international practicing studio artists and university faculty. Students work and learn in professionally equipped studios on a 14-acre residential campus in Gatlinburg, TN.
About Community Foundation for Brevard
The Community Foundation’s for Brevard’s mission is to strengthen communities through philanthropy. Since 1981, we have helped donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, supported nonprofits in serving the region effectively, and inspired people to make the community a better place. With the deepest integrity and best practices, the Foundation has successfully stewarded the philanthropic interests of donors, granting nearly $23 million to build a better, more vibrant Brevard County and beyond. Visit cfbrevard.org to learn more and join us