The Arts Get New Funding in Western Albemarle Schools

Contact: Skye O’Donnell skyehod@

The Arts Get New Funding in Western Albemarle Schools

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A new conductor’s podium for the Western Albemarle High School band. New props and stage supplies for the Henley drama department. New state- of-the-art cameras and tripods for Western Albemarle’s photography students. These are just a few of the grants to be handed out this year to Albemarle County public schools by a community arts effort, Arts in Western Education or AWE.

In total, AWE will give out more than $8,000 during the 2015-16 academic year to help keep arts education strong and vibrant in Albemarle County. The money was all raised locally in a fundraising campaign called AWEsome 100. The awards are also possible because of the selfless efforts of local businesses, community members and parents who supported ArtFest in the West on March 11 at WAHS, a fifties-themed community arts event centered around the school’s production of Grease.

“Our non-profit group brings enthusiastic students, parents and local businesses together to support the fantastic work of our arts teachers,” said AWE president Skye O’Donnell. “Arts dollars go a long way in our schools.”

The teachers winning grants and awards for 2016 are:

Total 2016 AWE grant and awards: $8,844