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 email@example.com.
Donations to fund this important program are welcome and encouraged.
2022- 2023 Program
Hazel Dell Elementary
Ball Charter School
Poetry, Visual Arts
Bright Star Theater
J. McClure, C. Vannier
Shatriya Smith, John Crisp
2018- 2019 Program
There was no funding available for the 2018-2019 academic year.
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.
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.