Rural Schools Partnership Awards Conco Community Arts grants

Nearly $7,000 in  Conco Community Arts Program grant awards have been made to five schools for projects aimed at connecting schools to their communities through visual and performing arts.

The competitive grants, awarded by the Rural Schools Partnership, are made possible by Conco Companies.

This year’s grants were awarded to:

  • Ozark East Elementary School: $1,500 to create a visual and performing arts event for the school’s 2010-11 cultural focus on Australia and New Zealand.
  • Fordland R-III Photography Club: $1,000 for equipment and supplies to expand the elementary and middle-school students’ community exhibits in area galleries, libraries and businesses.
  • Norwood High School Youth Empowerment Project: $1,500 to create murals in the multi-purpose gym and school hallways and do a community service project painting the basement of the Wright County Children’s Home.
  • Richards R-V School in West Plains: $1,500 to support the band of sixth- through eighth-grade students with instruments, music, supplies and clothing.
  • Clinton High School: $1,432 for a project to add “CHS” in school colors using painted rocks along the drive outside of the new high school building.

“This is a strong group of projects that take student-produced art into their communities,” CFO Executive Vice President Julie Leeth said. “We’re eager to see the results.”