The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 11, 2014

Arts-in-education projects get funding from Benedum Foundation

Full-Steam Ahead

The Beckley Area Foundation has received a $100,000 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. These funds are to be used for a specific arts-in-education initiative.

BAF will provide a special grant opportunity for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) projects: teaching and learning that integrates the arts into one or more of the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math).

The Foundation has enlisted the assistance of the Arts Section of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History in administering this re-granting opportunity. STEAM education is a cutting edge approach to teaching and learning that fosters innovation, creative problem solving, flexible thinking and risk taking — necessary skills of leaders in our rapidly changing global economy.

“We are trying to reach area arts organizations, artists, art educators and teachers of STEM courses regarding this exciting opportunity,” commented Susan Landis, executive director of BAF, as well as chair of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

“This is the second year that the Benedum Foundation has awarded our community foundation funding for this program. The quality of the applications last year was outstanding. We know that there are many creative people who can implement wonderful projects with these grants.”

Educators in the fields of math, science, technology and engineering as well as those involved in performance and visual arts are encouraged to apply. Collaborative applications will be welcomed. Creativity and innovation are expected.

Applicants for these grants must be organizations holding a 501-c-3 determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service or schools (K-12, community colleges, technical schools, four-year colleges and universities). Applications must support programs offered in the BAF service area including Raleigh, Webster, Wyoming, McDowell and southern Fayette counties.

Requests for up to $7,500 will be considered. The first application deadline is June 20.  Projects approved from the June submissions must occur between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. If all of the funds are not allocated, there will be a second deadline of Sept. 19, 2014.  Projects approved from the September submissions must occur between Sept. 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015. BAF must receive final reports for all approved projects by July 3, 2015.

BAF is branding this initiative as Full STEAM Ahead. Through this special opportunity, schools and organizations can create projects that intersect “A” (the arts) with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) thus helping West Virginia be a leader in a new economy.

Contact the Beckley Area Foundation if you have questions about the application, 304-253-3806 or Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Jim Wolfe, Coordinator of Arts in Education for the Arts Section of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History regarding their ideas of programs suitable for submission. His contact information is 304-558-4800 ext. 717 or

The application can be found online at or call the BAF office, 304-253-3806.

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