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ISTA members secure grants for school music and arts programs

Five ISTA members received a 2020 Music and Arts Grant from California Casualty for their schools. The following Indiana schools are among 146 public schools in 31 states receiving a total of $36,500.

California Casualty awarded funding to the following projects:

  • Michael Cary at South Side Elementary School in Kendallville to offset costs of percussion instruments.
  • Jill Dombrowski at Ridpath Primary School in Greencastle to purchase instruments for the Drums Alive program.
  • Rachel Breitwieser at Children’s Academy of New Albany to fund art and music programs.
  • Tim Wells at East Washington Elementary in New Pekin to purchase materials for 3D art education.
  • Kristy McPike at Terre Haute South Vigo High School in Terre Haute to fund student supplies needed for the strings program.

Arts and music programs have long been shown to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and creativity and improve their concentration, motivation and confidence. With the impacts of COVID-19 on communities and schools, the arts are playing an even more critical role in helping children express themselves, connect with each other, process stress and stay engaged in their new virtual learning environment.

California Casualty’s Music and Arts Grants will give more students a chance to learn music, act in a school play or hone their artistic talents – virtually or in-person – throughout the 2020 – 21 academic year.

California Casualty’s Music and Arts Grant program receives applications year-round. To be considered for a 2021 award, Indiana public K-12 schools can apply for a $250 Music and Arts Grant at