Arts in Education 2018-05-29T23:01:36+00:00

Formally named the Penny Wollan-Kriel Arts in Education Program, in honor of the long-serving, retired executive director of SAAC, this program seeks to provide visual and performing arts experiences to students in Sangamon and Menard counties.  Funding is awarded to both public and private schools so that individual artists are able to provide enrichment by offering what might be a student’s only exposure to the arts.  Teachers may request funding throughout the school year by contacting Program Administrator Sheila Walk at  Donations to fund this important program are welcome and encouraged.

2018 – 2019 Program

Soon we will begin a new school year, and we want to help principals and teachers in Sangamon and Menard counties bring performing and visual artists to their schools by offering funding.  You may download further information and the Letter to principals by selecting the highlighted link, and the form to Request funding by selecting this highlighted link.

2017 – 2018 Program Summary

Students = 2,425

Teachers = 184

Artists = 18

Funding from the Susan Cook House Educational Trust made these school visits possible.  The Trust’s support is acknowledged with much gratitude.

Cantrall Elementary School hosted muralist Troy Freeman

Black Hawk Elementary School learned African Drums and Dance


Past Program Highlights 

At Enos Elementary School, Magician Richard Landry presented an anti-bullying message to an all-school student assembly.  The kids were captivated by the magic and by Snowball, the rabbit.

Enos Elementary


At Grant Middle School’s “Rhythm and Poetry Night,” percussionist Mark McKnight offered entertainment.  Students participated in the evening activities.



At Lutheran High School, local Singer/songwriter Ben Bedford presented “History and Crafting of a Song.”



Montessori Children’s House hosted the Windy City Players, who performed “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”



Riverton Elementary School hosted Storyteller Patrick Ryan–a popular favorite.



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