The Art Project, formerly Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, is delighted to announce the distribution of grant funds totaling $3,260 to Bainbridge Island K-12 school art teachers.

The Art Project provides annual funding to Bainbridge art teachers to supplement their supply and programming budgets, and to give teachers the means to complete important student projects that might otherwise go unrealized.

“As a longstanding arts nonprofit, a big part of our mission is to support our teachers, students, and schools through these grants,” TAP Executive Director Lindsay Masters said. “Whether it’s restocking basic materials like clay, paint, and brushes; finishing year-long projects; or attending art enrichment programs, these talented, dedicated instructors put the funds to work in creative yet practical ways. Delivering these grant checks is a highlight of our year.”

Teacher grant funds are raised both through sales in the gallery and through the generous support of the organization’s members and donors. 2018 funds were distributed to Blakely Elementary, Ordway Elementary, Wilkes Elementary, Sakai Intermediate School, Woodward Middle School, Hyla Middle School, Odyssey Multiage Program, and Eagle Harbor High School following the reopening of the gallery on March 10. Remaining funds will be distributed to Bainbridge High School in May, in conjunction with the annual BHS Student Art Fair. Grants ranged from $100 to $600 per school, depending on the number of students served.

But that's not all!

Along with its teacher grant program, The Art Project connects with Bainbridge Island schools in significant ways through the year.

Annual Student Art Shows and Awards
Each year, TAP donates gallery space for the entire month of May so that Bainbridge Island schools can exhibit student work. TAP displays work by high school students every year, and work by elementary and middle school students in alternating years. In 2017, TAP exhibited work by 440 student artists.

The Art Project’s 2018 Student Shows will take place from May 4-28. The first half of the month will feature work by students from Wilkes, Ordway, Blakely, Odyssey K-4, Carden Country School, Madrona School, The Island School, and St. Cecilia Catholic School. The second half of the month will feature work by students from Bainbridge High School and Eagle Harbor High School.

The Art Project also offers cash awards at the annual Bainbridge High School Spring Arts Festival. When high school work comes to TAP later in May, an anonymous patron makes another round of cash awards possible. Last year, TAP awarded BHS students a total of $3,120 in cash prizes. As a professional art gallery, TAP is proud to send a message to talented students that their artwork is valued, on many levels.

College Art Scholarships
Each year, TAP administers student scholarships to high school seniors on Bainbridge Island who plan to study art in college. The $2000 Pauli Family Scholarship, the $1000 Rosalyn Gale Powell Scholarship, and the $1000 Pauli & George Dennis Scholarship reward excellence in one or more mediums, and encourage dedicated art students to continue developing their skills and talents.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to make a positive impact in our local school community, none of which would be possible without the stellar support of our gallery visitors, members, and donors,” Masters said. “In the future, TAP hopes to grow programs like these so that we can have an even more far-reaching impact.