Tepper Grants

Waterlilies mural created by students in Stratton's Mini Masters studio.

The fine arts give students the fullest experience of being human, while preparing them for college and career. In an economy driven by knowledge and ideas, the arts provide the 4Cs of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity—that are essential to a 21st Century workforce. The arts help students grow in self-confidence and self-direction, create meaning, and engage other cultures through learning. The arts are essential to a complete and competitive education for all Illinois students.

For more than 28 years, the fine arts opportunities available to Unit 4 students at all grade levels have been greatly enhanced with the support of the Tepper Electric Arts Endowment grant program. Grants have supported an array of fine arts programs including those focused on the visual and performing arts, music, dance and interdisciplinary projects. Over the years, the program has supported classroom, grade-level, multi-school and district side projects which have benefitted tens of thousands of students.

For more information about the Tepper grant program including the next application deadline, contact Laurie Scott at scottla@u4sd.org.

School year 2015-16 programs supported by the Tepper Electric Arts Endowment include:

Program/Project Title Project Lead
After School Art Club Melissa Farley (Bottenfield)
Dance Workshop with Kate Kuper

Karinsa Moline (Southside)

Betty Carlson (Westview)

Amber Owens (Bottenfield)

Bringing Monet to the Classroom Jeralyn Goodfellow-Vargas (Stratton)
S.P.O.T. (Student Playwright Outreach Theatre) Abby Crull (Booker T. Washington)
Monet and the Waterlilly Friends Gill Chieu (Champaign Early Childhood Center)
CUSO Youth Concerts

Karinsa Moline (Southside)

Amber Owens (Bottenfield)

Hokusai/Asian Art Susan Kloth (Carrie Busey)
Rimas VisGirda: Line and Clay Workshop Shannon Percoco (Centennial)
C2 Productions: The Little Mermaid

Suzanne Aldridge (Centennial) and

LaDonna Wilson (Central)

Silkscreen Printing with Jay Ryan Stacey Gross (Centennial)
GSA and Art Club Friendship Bracelets Josh Doniek (Centennial)
Art Institute Field Trip

Austin Wells (Centennial)

Carol-Lynn Comparetto (Central)

Chromecart Murals Jenni Sevik (Central)
Empty Bowl Project Carol-Lynn Comparetto (Central)
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