Be Inspired Grant

Cropped Pottery Presentation
Julia Sullivan's class at Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary enjoys castle building, thanks to their BIG grant "Shout Out to Shakespeare!"
Julia Sullivan's class at Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary enjoys castle building, thanks to their BIG grant "Shout Out to Shakespeare!"

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.

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.”

2018-2019 Be Inspired Grants have been awarded.
Click here for project details. 

Check back in spring 2019 for application information for the 2019-2020 school year. Looking for helpful grant writing tips? View our handy how-to guide for BIG applications below:

BIG Grant Writing

For more information, please contact Marianne Carruth at 828-859-8322 ext. 211 or marianne@tryonarts.org

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.

Past BIG recipients are invited to share their success stories and media coverage with us. Email us your stories here!