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 2016-17 programs supported by the Tepper Electric Arts Endowment include:

Program/Project Title ProjectP Lead
Performing Arts, Writing, Language, Reading Abby Crull (Booker T. Washington)
CUSO Youth Concerts

Karinsa Moline/Amber Owens (on behalf of all Unit 4 elementary general music teachers)

Krannert Visit Tiffany Blackmon (Barkstall Elementary) 
Wind in the Willows Spring Performance Jennifer Simmons (Dr. Howard Elementary)
Opera for the Young & The Elixir of Love Brandon Washington (Dr. Howard Elementary)
The Lion King Experience for Kids: An Arts Integrated Adventure

Emily Young (Stratton Elementary)

Sgraffito Pottery with Cammie Meerdink John Odum (Carrie Busey Elementary)
Composer in Residence  with Dustin Hofsess Amber Owens, Karinsa Moline, Betty Carlson (Bottenfield, South Side, Westview)
Art Institute Field Trip

Josh Doniek (Centennial)

St. Louis Art Museum Field Trip Ravyn Rodgers (Central)
Silkscreen Printing with Jay Ryan Stacey Gross (Centennial)
Artist in Residence, Percussionist Zachary Bowers

Mike Allen (Centennial)

Exploring & Creating Mechanical Sculpture Joe Meyer (Central)

2015 - 2016 programs supported by the Tepper Electric Arts Endowment.