Be Inspired Grant
In an effort to support teachers and creativity in the classroom, Tryon Fine Arts Center awards Be Inspired Grants of up to $500 each for arts related projects to educators in area schools. BIG grants are distributed in Polk, Spartanburg, Rutherford and Henderson Counties.
Former Board President Jeff Byrd says, “We want to help the dedicated, creative teachers who might otherwise purchase educational supplies with their own personal funds or be unable to provide the arts experience.”
Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are available now. Please download the application below and return to TFAC Executive Director Marianne Carruth no later than May 1, 2019.
BIG Application 2019
Looking for helpful grant writing tips? View our handy how-to guide for BIG applications here: BIG Grant Writing Guide
For more information, please contact Marianne Carruth at 828-859-8322 ext. 211.
The 2018-2019 Be Inspired Grants were made possible by generous support from Duke Energy, Gannett Publishing, Kiwanis Club of Tryon, Rotary Club of Tryon Foundation, TD Bank, and Tryon Daily Bulletin.
Past BIG Projects
Saluda School teacher Ellen Rogers (pictured with two students) used BIG to help her students explore plants and photography. The students studied the parts of a flower, and then tried their hands at photography and captured early spring blooms. BIG covered costs for the photo processing, matting, and the top-notch artist reception students put on for their parents.
Ms. Rogers's project was an exceptional example of Arts Integration: "An approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both."(Kennedy Center)
Previous BIG recipient Hillary Wilcox recently had her project with Hendersonville Elementary third graders featured on local news station WLOS. See highlights from the segment here.
Click here to learn more about Sarah Bennett and her Polk County kindergartners'' artist study.