Arts and Music programs at 139 public schools in 31 states will be receiving a $250 Music and Arts Grant from California Casualty. A total of $34,750 will provide materials, supplies, and instruments for art, music, and performance programs at the schools.
The 2019 California Casualty Music and Arts Grant Winners for New Hampshire – Michelle Fargo of Beech Street School in Manchester. Ms. Fargo, who is a second grade teacher, was awarded a $250 Grant to help purchase art supplies for her classroom.
The grant is designed to foster creativity in schools, such as choir, band, dance, film, theater, computer arts and graphics, or any K-12 curriculum that employs art for learning.
Examples of how the $250 grants for 2019 will be used include:
- Purchasing special adaptive instruments for the Special Education Center at Mark Twain School in Garden Grove, CA, that serves special needs and medically fragile students
- Supplying watercolor sets for third grade students at Homer Davis Elementary School in Tucson, AZ
- Providing recorders for each music class student at Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary School in Lost Creek, KY
- Acquiring Diary of a Whimpy Kid books to foster the reading program at Garfield Elementary School in Yakama, WA
- Supplementing various art supplies (that the instructor often purchases with her own funds) at the Classical Studies Magnet Academy in Bridgeport, CT
- Buying an additional camera to allow more students to participate in the photography program at Filer High School in Filer, ID
California Casualty, provider of the NEA Auto and Home Insurance Program, has partnered with education associations since 1951 and understands the importance of music and arts education for children. Numerous studies have concluded that sharing a love of the arts enhances students’:
- Brain development
- Classroom involvement
Music and art curriculum has also been shown to reduce disciplinary issues and dropout rates.
Unfortunately, many schools have reduced or eliminated music and arts education because of budget cuts. California Casualty hopes to fill the need with the Music and Arts Grant.
“Students love to showcase their creativity, and helping educators keep music and arts in the forefront of every-day learning is absolutely the right thing for us to do,” said California Casualty AVP Brian Goodman.
Public K-12 schools needing funding for an arts or performance program can apply for the 2020 Music and Arts Grant from California Casualty, at www.calcasmusicartsgrant.com.
Founded in 1914, California Casualty provides the NEA Auto and Home Insurance Program. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit www.calcas.com/NEA or call 1.800.800.9410.