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Press Release
Contact: Liz Young
August 22, 2017


Florida Keys Council of the Arts Awards $7,000 in Grants to Local Artists/School Programs

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts (FKCA), the local arts agency for all of Monroe County, is pleased to announce the 2017 Fall Semester Artists in Schools and Special Project Grants award winners.

Artists in Schools grant program invites teaching artists in the performing, visual, literary or historical arts into the classroom. Teaching artists are encouraged to collaborate with school teachers on creative projects to enhance existing curriculum or teach a new topic using the arts. Projects presented at all Monroe County public and private schools, as well as other county organizations that serve children ages 5-18, are eligible. Recent award winners include:

  • $1,000 to artist Lisa Lee for her project Positive Behavior through Art at the Plantation Key School in Key Largo.
  • $500 to artist Susan Hartzell for her Peaceful Pretzels yoga strategies project at the Poinciana Elementary School in Key West.
  • $500 to artist Jack Louden for his multi-disciplinary project Timmy Tortuga the Story of a Young Turtle’s Journey at the Stanley Switlik School in Marathon.
  • $1,000 to artist Deborah Buterbaugh for her art project Ancient Seas/Future Cities at the Sugarloaf School.
  • $500 to Fringe Theater with lead artist Alicia Merel for their Shakespeare in Schools program presented at various schools throughout The Keys.
  • $1,000 to artist Nancy Murphree Davis’s Leaf Prints arts program presented at the Key West Tropical Forest& Botanical Garden for elementary aged students.
  • $1,000 to teacher Jill Williams to present a Writer’s Workshop at Marathon High School.
  • $500 to artist Lynly Hill for her Movement for All dance program at Poinciana School in Key West.

The Special Projects Grant provides short-term support vital to creative projects that do not fit into other grant categories. Special project funding is for arts and cultural organizations, as well as individual artists in Monroe County. Recent award winners include:

  • $2,000 to the Key West Impromptu Classical Concerts, Inc. for their upcoming program Remembering Lenny about the life and work of Leonard Bernstein at the Key West Theater.
  • $500 to artist Mara Neimanis for her In Flight Theater creative project Air Heart to be presented at TSKW.

The deadline for the next round of Artist in Schools and Special Project Grants is November 30, 2017. Applications can be found online at For more information, please contact the Florida Keys Council of the Arts at 305-295-4369.

The Florida Keys Council of the Art’s mission is to advance the creative development and promotion of the arts in our cultural community by providing excellence in leadership, advocacy, education and financial support for artists, cultural organization and citizens of Monroe County. Grants are sponsored in part by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donations.