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FY23 Arts Learning Project Grant Panel to be held July 6-7, 2022

On July 6 and 7, 2022 a grant review panel will be held for the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Arts Learning Project Grant. The Nevada Arts Council received 37 eligible applications associated with the FY23 Arts Learning Project Grant. Each applicant requested up to $7,000 for a total request of $224,414.14. The FY23 Arts Learning Project Grant is designed to support arts learning activities, teaching artists residencies, and teacher/teaching artists training. These arts learning activities provide unique opportunities for students and people of all ages to work with practicing artists. Funds must be used for conducting lessons/workshops (in-person or online/virtual) and/or educational performances at schools or community facilities.

For more information on the panel meeting and details on how to attend see the PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE.

The FY23 Arts Learning Project Grant panelists are:

Ken Bolinsky is a stage director with seventy-seven productions under his belt, covering the gamut of educational, community and professional theatre. With credits ranging from New York’s Off-Broadway to Chicago’s Off-Loop, he is a member of two theatrical Unions: Stage Directors & Choreographers Society and Actors’ Equity Association. Ken holds an MFA in Directing from Syracuse University, a BS in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University and is a licensed arts educator who taught theatre on both the secondary and post-secondary levels for three decades. As an educational consultant he’s worked with national, regional, state and local educational and arts organizations to develop standards-based curricula, instructional formats and assessment methodologies in the arts, a highlight being his work with the groundbreaking SCASS Arts Project. Most recently, Ken delineated the set of theater elements and principles which provides the conceptual underpinning for the Educational Theatre Association education and professional development programs. He has served the Mississippi Arts Commission as State Coordinator of the NEA’s Poetry Out Loud initiative for the past fourteen years.

Ash Dahlke is a mixed media artist and educator currently working in Bisbee, AZ. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Arizona in 2019 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater in 2015. Her work has been exhibited at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, and Tubac Center of the Arts. She currently serves as a 2D Instructor at Cochise College and as Board President of Border Arts Corridor, an arts non-profit serving the communities Douglas and Agua Prieta, SON.

Kelly Moon is a retired English teacher from Elko, Nevada. She has taught a variety of subjects including AP Literature, drama, and creative writing. During her thirty-six-year career, she served on numerous state and district committees and has worked with training and teaching teachers in professional development and writing. Her passion for literature and writing allowed her to work with students in Elko County’s Poetry Out Loud program, with two students competing in the national competition in Washington, DC. Her poetry was published in Desert Wood: An Anthology of Nevada Poets, and she was a recipient of the Arts in Education Professional Development Grant from the Nevada Arts Council. Kelly continues to give back to the arts’ community by working with the Western Folk Life Center on local arts’ events including the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and working with Elko High School’s new Preforming Arts Center training teachers and students on facility usage and running events. She is an avid reader and writer.

Erika Paul: San Francisco Bay Area born, raised and educated career local, national and international music artist Erika Paul writes songs, performs, teaches and records on piano and vocals in jazz, blues, world music and original music worldwide. With over three decades of experience in music performance and certified excellence in private music instruction, she performs and instructs as a soloist and in ensembles to inspire, empower, engage, and educate audiences of all ages through creative interpretations of classic American Jazz, improvisation and original music. Her performance and teaching highlights include preparing high school students for a jazz clinic concert with world-renowned Jazz  Master and legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis in Tahoe City in 2001. She has toured the west coast presenting live interactive jazz concert assemblies for over 100,000 children in 150 schools to date and provided over 20 residencies and workshops for Washoe County School District’s K-12th grades including classroom teacher training clinics in jazz improvisation. With her trio, Erika has been on the roster for the Pioneer Center Youth Program since 2010 and performs for special events, festivals and regular club and restaurant concerts, oftentimes featuring her own private students to give them professional performance experience. Her approach to teaching and presenting music includes classroom residency discussions, plans, and easily attainable goals including History of Jazz and it’s social/cultural influences, creative music listening and performance and simple songwriting skills. She emphasizes creative expansion of themes and interaction using rhythm, melody, harmony, creative interpretation through standard and free-form song poetry and movement.Erika has created, produced and recorded more than 15 cds of jazz, blues, and original music including a children’s album introducing 100+ years of American Jazz styles to children and the young at heart that is currently No. 1 on the national library educational music circuit.class=”searchHighlight”>Erika has also arranged two of her original children’s songs for Kjos Music Company’s beginning solo piano series and teaches instrumental and vocal jazz masterclasses and recitals for all ages with her bassist husband and partner in music.

Shambrion Treadwell is the founder and creator of Do & Be Theatre Arts Company, founded on October 1, 2019. She is a Las Vegas Valley award-winning actor and educator originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Ohio University, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Performance. Shambrion is a Teach For America Alum and has a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is currently a Propel Fellow through Opportunity 180, where she is placed at Citizens of the World Charter Schools as an Assistant Principal. Shambrion is passionate about educational equity through the lens of the arts and social justice.