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Thea Foundation to Match up to $50,000 in Grants for Arkansas Teachers


Thea’s Art Closet, a program of Thea Foundation which awards funding for art supplies and other creative materials to Arkansas classrooms, is now open and accepting submissions for the 2018-19 school year, and with $50,000 to award — that’s double the grant money that was offered last school year.

Thea Foundation is inviting public school teachers of grades K-12 across the state of Arkansas to submit requests for art supplies and other creative materials to DonorsChoose.org, a fundraising platform for public schools which allows teachers to essentially create a verified registry for supplies, to which the public may donate and to which Thea will donate up to half of the costs for creative projects submitted by Arkansas teachers.

A teacher is eligible to receive two Thea’s Art Closet grant per scholastic year, one during the first semester and one during the second semester. High school teachers are eligible for funding from Thea for up to $1,250 for a project valued at $2,500 or less. Middle school teachers are eligible for funding from Thea for up to $750 for a project valued at $1,500 or less. Elementary school teachers are eligible for funding from Thea for up to $500 for a project valued at $1,000 or less.

Thea encourages teachers of all subjects grades K-8 who want to incorporate creativity into their lesson plans to submit a project. High School (grades 9-12) fine arts teachers (visual art, drama, dance, etc.) are encouraged to submit requests for fine arts supplies.

Thea Foundation will fund grants for Arkansas teachers via DonorsChoose.org until we max out our $50,000 for the school year, so teachers should apply soon before funding is dispersed completely.

For more information about Thea’s Art Closet and to watch a tutorial of how to submit a project, visit www.theafoundation.org/theas-art-closet.

To hear from teachers who have benefited from Thea’s Art Closet, browse these interviews with Arkansas teachers:

https://www.theafoundation.org/single-post/2018/02/09/Striking-a-Chord-Ukulele-Club-Brings-Music-and-Culture-to-Springdale-School

https://www.theafoundation.org/single-post/2018/05/08/The-Right-Steps-Dance-Transforms-at-Mabelvale-Middle

https://www.theafoundation.org/single-post/2017/11/10/Melting-Pot-Little-Rock-Educator-Teaches-Science-History-Through-Pottery

Thea Foundation

Thea Foundation’s mission is to advocate the importance of the arts in the development of our youth. Our programs are designed to help youth find confidence through creative expression, during and after school. Thea Foundation has awarded more than $2.25 million in scholarships to Arkansas high school seniors, distributed more than $1.5 million in art supplies to underfunded schools and implemented many programs that provide creative experiences for Arkansas's youth. For more information about Thea Foundation, visit theafoundation.org or call (501) 379-9512.

Photography from top to bottom by Mark Fonville, Kat Wilson and Alex Kent.

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