The Texas Cultural Trust has awarded 10 fine arts teachers across the state a total of $26,000 to significantly incorporate the use of technology into their artistic classroom. The Trust’s Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative, in partnership with the UT Austin College of Fine Arts is an innovative curriculum that bridges technological instruction with fine arts education.

“Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, fine arts is still viewed as a non-essential part of our children’s education,” says Jennifer Ransom Rice, Executive Director of the Texas Cultural Trust. “These courses emphasize the impactful role the arts play in technology for all students.” 

Grants in the Austin area include:

  • $2,500 to Brittany Skillern, Westwood High School, Round Rock
  • $2,500 to Jennifer Nowzardan,Crockett High School, Austin
  • $2,500 to Brian Cheslik,Texas School for the Deaf, Austin
  • $2,000 to Anna Macias, Lake Travis High School, Austin

The grantees and other fine arts teachers will be attending an upcoming professional development program in Austin on August 1 – 3, 2016.  

For more information about the Texas Cultural Trust and Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative, visit www.txculturaltrust.orgTo download the curricula for free, visit

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