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Klair Miller
Grant Writing

I planned projects and wrote grant proposals to fund activities that brought over $25,000.00 in funding to my schools and the city of Philadelphia between 1992 and 1999. The funders included The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Arts in Special Education Project of Pennsylvania, Very Special Arts USA, and Very Special Arts PA.

Grants & Awards

  • 2011
  • 2002
  • 1999
    • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts -I proposed and received a $5000 award to implement a multimedia project for my students in Kindergarten through grade two using Time as a theme.
  • 1997
    • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts AIE - I proposed and received a $10,000 award to conduct an Artist in Residence collaboration with sculptor Mark Kobasz, at the Anna B. Pratt Elementary School in North Philadelphia. I served as site coordinator and team taught implementing a visual arts residency focusing on The City as a school wide subject for art expression and academic exploration. Media included painting, drawing, digital multimedia, wood, metal and glass.
  • 1996
  • 1995
    • Exemplary Art Teacher of the Year - Martha Washington Academics Plus School, Southwest Region, Philadelphia, PA
    • Murals Reflecting Prevention - I received a Mini-Grant to conduct projects at Pennypacker and Martha Washington Academics Plus School. The students’ activities resulted in a large group mural composed of may individual mixed media squares that reflected a prevention theme through positive self images and a personal vision of the future. The work was chosen to represent Pennsylvania in an exhibition on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
  • 1993
    • The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation - Nominee for the George Bartol Arts in Education Fellowship.
    • Murals Reflecting Prevention - I served on the design team in Washington D.C. to develop the Murals Reflecting Prevention Project, which used the arts to engage students in grades 1 through 12 in the discussion and expression of drug prevention themes. The project was developed by Learning Systems Group and Very Special Arts USA, in cooperation with, and funded by the United States Department of Education
    • Exceptional Painters II - Arts in Special Education Project of Pennsylvania - I proposed and received a grant to implement a multi-arts project with special education students and their peers at Anna B. Pratt Elementary School and the G. W. Childs Elementary School. Students stretched canvases and created autobiographical paintings and poems and wrote to politicians, funders, celebrities, and artists about their work. The culminating event exhibited the students’ work at Moore College of Art & Design and the Federal Reserve Bank.
    • Philadelphia Murals Project Model Cities Grant - I acted as liaison for Very Special Arts PA and teachers in the Philadelphia School District to plan and organize the project and exhibition, "Our Town, Philadelphia Proud" for School District of Philadelphia students at ten school locations and art students at five community based organizations, Prints in Progress, Taller Puertoniqueno, Asian Americans United, Anti-Graffiti Network, and the Minority Arts Resource Council. The exhibition traveled from Moore College of Art & Design to The Federal Reserve Bank and Prints in Progress.
    • Dance Conduit - I participated in creative movement/dance artists' residency funded by the Gratz Connection for students at Anna B. Pratt Elementary School. Served as the faculty moderator for the after school dance club for the core group.
  • 1992
    • Start With the Arts from Very Special Arts USA - I assisted in the application process to bring this arts infused curriculum and related materials developed for four to six year old students to Anna B. Pratt Elementary School. I implemented the visual arts component as part of the field test with the transitional first grade.
    • Exceptional Painters - Arts in Special Education Project of Pennsylvania - I designed, proposed, and implemented an intensive painting project for special education students at the Anna B. Pratt Elementary School.



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