Bainbridge Arts & Crafts recently chipped in more than $3,000 to help out local art teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The downtown Winslow gallery distributed grant funds totaling $3,260 to Bainbridge Island teachers, BAC executive director Lindsay Masters said, to supplement their supply and programming budgets, and to give teachers the means to complete student projects over the remainder of the school year.
“Art teachers are creative and ingenious by nature, and they put those skills to work every day to develop innovative, exciting art projects on extremely tight budgets,” Masters said. “Year after year, teachers tell us that their BAC grants come along at just the right time, enabling them to carry out art education programs and restock fundamental materials such as clay, paper, paint and brushes.
“As a longstanding visual arts nonprofit, we’re extremely proud to be able to support our teachers, students and schools through these grants,” she added.
This year’s funds were distributed during the first week of March to Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary, Ordway Elementary, Captain Charles Wilkes Elementary, Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School, Woodward Middle School, Hyla Middle School, Odyssey Multiage Programs and Eagle Harbor High.
Remaining funds will be distributed to Bainbridge High in May, in conjunction with the annual BHS Student Art Fair.
Grants ranged from $100 to $600 per school, depending on the number of students.