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The arts program at York’s Hunter Street Elementary School has been awarded a three-year state grant of $18,000 per year to implement new initiatives in arts education.
The grant will be used to enhance music and visual arts instruction, provide arts professional development for teachers and introduce dance and theater to all students through artist-in-residence experiences.
unter Street Elementary has been awarded three previous grants, each in the amount of $3,500.
The first grant, Hands-On Native American Art, was implemented to bring arts experiences to fourth graders based on Native American traditions. Fourth-grade students created pottery with Bob Doster and hand-crafted Native American river cane flutes with musician Hawk Hurst.
The second grant, titled The Art of Arts Integration, focused on developing arts integration techniques such as Beth Olshansky’s “Artist-Writer’s Workshop” curriculum. This grant funded the purchase of mountain dulcimers to be used by students in third and fourth grades.
The final small grant, titled Make and Take, Weave and Shake, funded two artist-in-residence experiences. Third-grade students wove sweet grass baskets under a Gullah instructor. Second grade students crafted gourd maracas under Hawk Hurst. Both activities connected to the South Carolina academic standards for music, social studies and visual arts.