MELBOURNE, Fla., (February 26, 2019) – Six Brevard Public School art teachers were selected as recipients of the Nancy Baur Dillen Art Teacher Scholarship through the Community Foundation for Brevard. The six individuals are:
- Enrique Cortes – Palm Bay Elementary, Palm Bay
- Marisa Flint – Edgewood Jr./Sr. High, Merritt Island
- Marguerite King – Cape View Elementary, Cape Canaveral
- Amanda Lewis – Lockmar Elementary, Palm Bay
- Carina Rachow – Astronaut High School, Titusville
- Annamarie Zink – Eau Gallie High School, Melbourne
The scholarship provides funding to cover tuition, related fees, and room and board for one-week workshops of each teacher’s choice at the renowned Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee during the summer of 2019.
In 2015, artist and retired Eastern Florida State College professor of art, Nancy Baur Dillen and her husband Rick created 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.
“I feel very fortunate to offer this unique scholarship to art teachers in Brevard County. They work hard with very little financial support to enhance their students’ art education experiences,” said Nancy Dillen. “For me, spending three weeks each summer at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts made a major difference in my outlook on teaching. Arrowmont gave me opportunities to meet new friends, experiment with art supplies and techniques, and share art education experiences with other artists and educators who are the tops in their field. Previous award recipients come back from the experience invigorated and excited to start the school year. This makes me feel incredibly positive about what we have started with the Foundation.”
“We’re so grateful for Nancy and Rick and their philanthropic vision to create a program that has generational impact in our community and beyond,” said Theresa Grimison, president/CEO, Community Foundation for Brevard. “The arts not only enrich our lives, communities and culture, but they are vital to every student’s education.”
About Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a national art education center. The school offers weekend, one- and two-week 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 for Brevard serves as a resource and leader for philanthropic individuals and organizations to enhance and sustain Brevard County’s quality of life. An independent, 501(c)(3) organization, the foundation manages funds for the philanthropic community with the goal of providing a perpetual source of income for charitable causes while protecting the investment. For more information, visit cfbrevard.org.