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May 13, 2009 > Art teacher awarded $5,000 fellowship

Art teacher awarded $5,000 fellowship

Submitted By Robin Michel

San Leandro High School art teacher Audrey Brown has been selected to receive a $5,000 fellowship from the Fund for Artists Arts Teachers Fellowship Program. In addition, the school gets a complementary $1,500 grant to support post-fellowship activities.

Brown plans to use the money for a painting workshop at the Florence Academy of Art and an analysis of emerging contemporary art at the Venice Biennale.

"I am so honored to have been awarded this fellowship," she said. "It is the highlight of my very rewarding career in teaching art. The mission of the foundation to support the teacher-as-artist is a dream come true." Brown, who has taught at San Leandro High School since 1996, said the fellowship will help her continue to inspire her arts students.

"I have been fortunate to work in a district that supports the arts, a county that advocates for the arts, and with great institutions like the California College of Arts, whose work with students, alumni and the community strengthens the arts," she added.

The Fund for Artists is a $1 million fund dedicated to supporting individual artists. It awards commissions, residencies, and teacher fellowships to individual artists throughout the Bay Area.

Award recipients were evaluated on demonstrated excellence as artists and teachers and on self-identified opportunities to expand artistic range and abilities.

"We're thrilled to be able to offer these fellowships to teachers of the arts," said Diane Sanchez, East Bay Community Foundation. "By focusing on their own creative work and interacting with other artists and colleagues, these teachers are exposed to new ideas that will deepen their artistic practices. We know this will enrich the art education experience for their students."

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