The Orange County Arts Commission has selected sixteen arts educators as recipients of its Arts Educator Professional Development Grant Program. Arts Educator Grants are available to public school arts educators in Orange County Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools seeking professional development. This program provides small grants for a variety of expenses and is designed to assist arts educators in advancing their careers.
Recipients of the 2021-2022 Arts Educator Professional Development Grant are:
- Amanda Aguayo teaches Visual Art to grades 6-8 at Gravelly Hill Middle.
- John Benton teaches Chorus and Orchestra to grades 6-8 at Chapel Hill High School and McDougle Middle School.
- Sarah Brown teaches Art to grades 1 – 5 at Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary.
- Josh Cvijanovic teaches Band and IB Music to grades 9 – 12 at Cedar Ridge High School.
- Ryan Ellefsen teaches Band and Orchestra to grades 9 – 12 at East Chapel Hill High School.
- Paul Estrada teaches Visual Art to grades 9 – 12 at Chapel Hill High School.
- Michelle Fairholm teaches Art – Ceramics to grades 9 – 12 at Chapel Hill High School.
- Rody Huertas Ostolaza teaches Music to grades pre-K – 5 at Frank Porter Graham School.
- Alexis Kagel teaches General Music to grades 1 – 5 at Central Elementary School.
- Chelsea Kutner teaches Music to grades pre-k -5 at McDougle Elementary School.
- Martha Murphy teaches Visual Art to grades 1-5 at Estes Hills Elementary.
- Stephanie Reid teaches Art to grades pre-K-5 at Seawell Elementary.
- Luis Rodriguez teaches Band to grades 6-8 at McDougle Middle School.
- Ashley Sample teaches Band to grades 6-8 at Guy B. Phillips Middle School.
- Nicole Warren teaches Art to grades 6-8 at Guy B. Phillips Middle School.
- Brandon West teaches Band to grades 6-8 at Gravelly Hill Middle School.
The arts educator grant program will reopen Fall 2022.