High School Arts Leadership Group Awards $2,500 to Hamilton County Schools for Art Programs

High school arts leadership group ReGenerate awarded a total of $2,500 to Hamilton County Department of Education teachers on May 24 during a presentation at ArtsBuild. The grants were awarded to Hamilton County elementary and middle schools to provide funding for arts programs.

High school students raised funds for the program through Ignite: A Celebration of Student Talent, which was held at ArtsBuild in March. HCDE elementary and middle school teachers were able to request funding, up to $500 per school, for arts programs and classes that take place either during the school day or after school. The group received 15 grant applications from area schools, and a panel of high school students from ReGenerate selected the grant recipients.

ReGenerate awarded seven grants to area schools:

Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts: Teaching Theatre @ CSLA
Funds will be used to purchase materials and supplies needed for theatre classes at CSLA.

Dawn School: Art Gallery Walk
The ReGenerate funds will be used to purchase basic art supplies for fledgling arts program and enhance the School Wide Positive Behavior Support System (SWPBS).

Donaldson Elementary Environmental Science Academy: Creating a Composer Portrait Gallery
ReGenerate funds will be used to buy art supplies for students to create ethnically diverse composer portraits for a gallery wall in the music classroom.

Hardy Elementary and Dalewood Middle School: Girls Art Leadership Program
ReGenerate funds will support teen girls living in the Chattanooga Housing Authority site and attending the Greenwood Terrace aftershool program to develop leadership and conflict resolution skills through film making, live theatre and visual art.

Harrison Elementary: Art Enrichment Club
Funds will help start the art enrichment club at Harrison Elementary, providing the only opportunity for students to enrich their education through visual arts.

Orchard Knob Elementary: Violins for Critical Thinking
Funds will be used to buy violins and books to develop critical thinking skills through music reading instruction.

Spring Creek Elementary School: Strings Come to Life
ReGenerate funds will cover expenses for purchasing instruments/supplies encumbered with beginning a string orchesta program in East Ridge beginning at Spring Creek Elementary.

“The ReGenerate grants are very rewarding to the schools and teachers, enabling them to purchase arts equipment that will be used for many years,” said Rodney Van Valkenburg, ArtsBuild’s Director of Grants and Initiatives. “It is also gratifying to the students to see their fundraising efforts put to good use by excellent teachers in Hamilton County schools.”

eGenerate Teacher Awards 2016


Front Row L to R: Shelah Griggs, Chattanooga Housing Authority; Lee Smith, Orchard Knob Elementary; Caroline West, President, ReGenerate; Phoebe Warren, Vice-President, ReGenerate; Kobe Smith, ReGenerate student.


Back Row L to R: Tammy Fisher, Spring Creek Elementary; Mary Lauren Rethorn, Donaldson Elementary; Sara Southard, Harrison Elementary; Scott Rosenow, CSLA; LaFredrick Thirkill, Principal, Orchard Knob Elementary