2013 Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Kicks Off with a New Program!
Four awards in four disciplines honors 'Excellence in the Arts': - dance, music, theater and visual arts

Tiffany Apple

DATE: March 5 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Jody Horne-Leshinsky,
Broward County Cultural Division

PHONE: 954-357-7463

Broward Cultural Division, along with event host Business for the Arts of Broward, is proud to Kick Off the 2013 Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Program. Broward County public, private and charter school principals and teachers are invited to nominate arts teachers for this Honor of Excellence. For the first time this year there will be one Arts Teacher of the Year award in each of four categories - dance, music, theater and visual arts, and the four winners will not be announced until the night of the event on November 6, 2013, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

For 27 years the Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Program has showcased the artistic excellence of students and faculty in Broward County schools, by honoring one outstanding arts teacher each year for his/her contribution and dedication to arts in the classroom. This year, they will be honoring FOUR teachers and FOUR artistic disciplines AND this is also the first year that private schools have been invited to apply. The application deadline is May 31, 2013 and arts teachers may also submit applications.

The recipients' success is celebrated during a ceremony at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the fall. Each winner will receive a check for $1,500, a Tiffany crystal apple, an assortment of gifts from arts and cultural organizations and businesses, an inscribed brick on Riverwalk, and one of the winning schools will receive a $500 contribution to the arts department at their school.

"As Michele Obama said, 'Every day, through engagement in the arts, our children learn to open their imagination, to dream just a little bigger and to strive every day to reach those dreams.' This award celebrates the important work of arts educators, the critical nature of artistic disciplines in schools, and the overall impact of artistic excellence in the forming of young minds," says Earl Bosworth, director, Broward Cultural Division.

For more information, contact Grace Kewl-Durfey at 954-357-7869; or visit the Broward Cultural Division website for the application form and further details.

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