Arts Education

The Clearwater Arts Alliance partners with Arts for a Complete Education Pinellas (ACE), the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Pinellas County Schools and fellow sponsors to honor the principals of north county schools at a biannual Principals Appreciation Breakfast and to advocate for arts education in Pinellas County Schools.

To recognize student achievement in the performing arts, Clearwater Arts Alliance is proud to collaborate with the City of Clearwater to support the All-County Middle and High School Choral Concert" at Ruth Eckerd Hall presented by the Pinellas Music Educators’ Association and Pinellas County Schools.

Recognizing student achievement in the visual arts through exhibitions at the elementary, middle and high school levels is another mainstay of CAA programming in arts education. CAA sponsors the top awards at each exhibition presented in cooperation with Pinellas County School, the City of Clearwater and St. Petersburg College.

Since 2010, the Clearwater Arts Alliance has provided support for teachers of the visual and performing arts in City of Clearwater schools for classroom or school-wide projects, artist residencies, and most recently, professional development.

Principal’s Appreciation Breakfast

The Clearwater Arts Alliance partners with Arts for a Complete Education Pinellas (ACE), the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Pinellas County Schools and fellow sponsors to honor the principals of north county schools at a biannual Principals Appreciation Breakfast and to advocate for arts education in Pinellas County Schools. Held In even numbered years at Ruth Eckerd Hall, School Board members, the Superintendent, senior PCS administrators, as well as representatives of higher education institutions, local governments and cultural institutions gather for a presentation that showcases outstanding arts programs in the County's public schools. .Speakers, student artwork and stunning student performances honor and express our deep gratitude to these outstanding educators for their critical support of arts education for ALL students. Past sponsors have included: Bright House Networks, Duke Energy, DEX Imaging, USF St. Petersburg College of Education, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Clearwater Arts Alliance, Pinellas Community Foundation and The Islay Company Charitable Trust.

Student Concerts

To recognize student achievement in the performing arts, Clearwater Arts Alliance is proud to collaborate with the City of Clearwater to support the All-County Middle and High School Choral Concert" at Ruth Eckerd Hall presented by the Pinellas Music Educators’ Association and Pinellas County Schools. The concert provides an occasion to showcase the talents of students selected by their schools for their musical abilities and work ethic to be mentored by outstanding clinicians from around the state and nation. The selections are by turn whimsical and deeply moving and the students are inspiring. An excellent opportunity to see and hear students from throughout the District in this superior performance venue, this concert highlights referendum funds at work, and thanks the community for its support of the arts in our schools. CAA hosts and assists with logistics.

High School Exhibitions

St. Petersburg College “Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum" at the Crossroads Gallery, SPC Clearwater Campus Each year CAA recognizes student achievement in the visual arts through its support of top awards. This exhibition features selected works from Pinellas County High Schools students In all medium, as juried by District teachers and SPC Fine Arts faculty. This exhibition is a collaboration of St. Petersburg College, Pinellas County Schools, the Pinellas Arts Educators Association, the Clearwater Arts Alliance and Dunedin Fine Arts Center. CAA sponsors the awards for the three top artists.

Clearwater High School Awards Night As part of our recognition of high student achievement, CAA has participated in the Clearwater High School Senior Awards Night by sponsoring four top Visual Art Awards.

Youth Arts Month (YAM)

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs and promotes art material safety. Started in 1961, the program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences (unlike any other curriculum subjects) such as: Problem Solving; Creativity; Observation and Communication.

Art shows, special exhibits, fundraisers, and school and community activities take place annually, traditionally during March, to celebrate visual art education for grades K – 12. More information can be found here.

See CAA Explain K-8 Youth Art Month Exhibition at Clearwater Main Library on Spectrum of the Arts May 2017

March is Youth Art Month!

The City of Clearwater participates in the national celebration of Youth Art Month by issuing a Proclamation each year in early March at a City Council meeting spotlighting the value of arts education in a student's overall success. As part of Clearwater’s recognition of the national observance, the “March is Youth Art Month K-8 Art Exhibition” is displayed at the Clearwater Main Library for the public to enjoy in the Carnegie and Osceola Galleries and the Youth Services area. The Clearwater Arts Alliance, in cooperation with Pinellas County Schools and the City, sponsors and coordinates the Exhibition, Awards and the Awards Reception in March each year in honor of the participating students. Their families, teachers and friends are invited to attend.

The event is to recognize the work of the young artists selected for the exhibition by teachers from entries throughout the county. Each student chosen to participate receives a certificate. The month-long observance emphasizes the benefit of arts education for all children—developing self-esteem, organizational skills, use of time and resources, appreciation of the work of others, cooperation and critical thinking skills, all of which are vital to the success of our future leaders—our children.

Art Teacher Funding

Artists in Residency Funds to Clearwater High School for Spring Musical

Teacher Funding History

Since 2010, the Clearwater Arts Alliance has provided support for teachers of the visual and performing arts in City of Clearwater schools for classroom or school-wide projects, artist residencies, and most recently, professional development.

In order to be considered for a funding award, the two-page application form must be completed, the required support materials attached and submitted electronically or mailed and postmarked by the date on the application form.

Eligibility
Applicants must be teachers of the visual arts, music, theater or dance in City of Clearwater schools.

Goals and Objectives

  • To support arts education projects or teacher professional development tuition and travel, which traditional sources do not fund.
  • To encourage teachers of the visual and performing arts to collaborate with professional artists for classroom or school-wide projects.