Educator Project Grants

Educator Project Grants provide educators with funding to design and implement arts-based learning projects that fulfill curriculum goals in collaboration with pARTners-approved artists. All artist planning and teaching time, as well as project materials, are funded by pARTners. Through the Educator Project Grants program, pARTners served students in every Teton County school in the 2017-2018 school year.
Imposters and Pretenders: Secret Identities in Literature and Performance

School: Journeys School
Teacher: Matt Daly
Artist: Nicole Palomba
Grant Award: $250
Students Involved: 20

Instrument Exploration

School: Journeys School
Teacher: Zack Singer
Artists: Jason Fritts and
Susan Bybee
Grant award: $300
Students Involved: 20

Political Cartoons

School: Summit High School
Teacher: Stan Morgan
Artist: Nate Bennett
Grant award: $315
Students Involved: 20

5th Grade Mascot Mural

School: Jackson and Colter Elementary School
Teacher: Heidi Thompson and Becky Struble
Artist: Emily Boespflug and Cal Brackin
Grant award: $1275
Students Involved: 200

Arts, Culture, Community &
Special-Needs Youth: Inspiring Positive Growth Through Creative Opportunities

School: C-V Ranch
Teacher:  Tonia Ralston
Artists: Walt Gerald and Nate Bennett
Grant award: $550
Students Involved: 34

Dancing and Choreography: WES Spring Fling

School: Wilson Elementary
Teachers: Sheena Dhamsania
Artist: Heidi Christine
Grant Award: $2,250
Students Involved: 223


School: JHMS
Teacher: Michelle Rooks
Artist: Arturo Hernandez
Grant award: $300
Students Involved: 20

“pARTners brings energy, creativity, and expertise into the classroom through its rich and varied arts programming. Over the course of my teaching career with the help of pARTners funding and artist rosters, I’ve worked with dancers, writers, musicians, numerous visual artists, a playwright, and even a poet laureate! Each has enriched my curriculum with his or her art form and in doing so has expanded my students’ learning experiences well beyond what I could do alone. pARTners helps make learning come to life!”


Culture Project: Dual Faces

School: Colter Elementary
Teachers: Wendy Hultman and Libby Crew-Woods
Artist: Lyndsay McCandless
Grant award: $250
Students Involved: 85

Native American Study and Totem Poles

School: Kelly School
Teacher: Ellen Traylor
Artist: Jenny Dowd
Grant award: $350
Students Involved: 18


School: JHHS
Teacher: Laura Bzozowski
Artist: Jen McNaughton
Grant award: $550
Students Involved: 50

“To have visiting artists in the classroom is a valuable experience for all students. Through these projects, students are able to explore learning in a multiple ways. Not only is there an immediate connection to the Jackson artist community, but students are also exposed to new media, techniques, and processes taught by experts in their field. All around, this relationship between the school and pARTners has naturally given us endless opportunities for richer learning in the regular classroom setting.”


Soapstone Sculpture Study

School: JH Classical Academy
Teacher: Elizabeth Cogburn Birnie
Artist: Greg Houda
Grant award: $250
Students Involved: 10

Arts education cultivates artists and patrons.

“Arts education in childhood is the most significant predictor of both arts attendance and personal arts creation throughout the rest of a person’s life.” (RAND Corporation, Cultivating Demand for the Arts, 2008)

Insect Life Cycles

School: Kelly School
Teacher: Ellen Traylor
Artist: Kathy Conroy and Dancer’s workshop
Grant award: $260
Students Involved: 18