MELBOURNE, Fla., (February 24, 2021) – As schools have shifted to digital or hybrid learning this past year, the ability for teachers to design creative learning experiences is even more important. Art educators help young learners see the world in a new way, introducing kids to creativity and innovation. Often, these educators struggle with limited resources and funding, much less the opportunity to enrich their own professional development.
Since 2015, 32 scholarships have been awarded to Brevard Public School art educators through the Nancy Baur Dillen Art Teacher Scholarship at the Community Foundation for Brevard that are helping to inspire both local art educators and the students they teach.
The Community Foundation for Brevard is pleased to announce the six Brevard Public School art teachers selected as recipients of the 2021 Nancy Baur Dillen Art Teacher Scholarship:
- James Finch – Westshore Jr./Sr. High, Melbourne
- Marisa Flint – Edgewood Jr./Sr. High, Merritt Island
- Kimberly Haggard – Quest Elem, Melbourne
- Marguerite King – Cape View Elem, Cape Canaveral
- Renee Nixon – Viera High, Viera
- Annamarie Zink – Eau Gallie High, Melbourne
During the summer of 2021, 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.
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.
“Art educators help broaden student’s perspectives and their ability to think creatively,” said Nancy Dillen. “Upon returning from the week-long Arrowmont experience, attendees are filled with excitement, inspiration, and ready to bring a new energy back to their classrooms. As life-long learners ourselves, Rick and I are grateful that we can enrich the teachings of so many local art educators through this unique scholarship opportunity.”
“Rick and Nancy Dillen’s vision and generosity positively impacts the lives of local artists and educators, generating an ever-expanding ripple that carries thousands of children into a future filled with creative thinking,” said Theresa Grimison, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Brevard. “The Dillens’ philanthropy truly powers potential.”
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.