The Fall 2018 Gift of Music, Gift for the Fine Arts and Krannert Youth Series Grant awardees have been selected.

The application for the Fall 2018 Gift of the Fine Arts, Gift of Music and Krannert Youth Series grant cycle is now closed. The application dates, deadlines and forms for the Spring 2019 application cycle will be posted when school resumes in mid-August.

Congratulations to our Fall 2018 Gift of the Fine Arts, Gift of Music and Krannert Youth Series grant recipients!

Gift of the Fine Arts recipients:

Rusty Clevenger, Dr. Williams Elementary Art teacher for his project “Riches of Mexican Art and Culture. 4th and 5th grade students in the Dual Language program will visit the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago. Students will select one work of art on display at the museum to explore further and influence their own unique artwork.

Cara Maurizi, Dr. King Elementary music teacher for her project “Circa Carnival”. 1st and 2nd graders will study the musical piece “Carnival of the Animals” by composer Saint Saens. The students will then experience the music by attending a performance by Australia’s Circa which combines the music with acrobats, singers and animations.

Gift of Music recipients:

John Currey, Central High School and Nick Schulze, Centennial High School along with Jefferson, Franklin and Edison middle school music teachers for their project “Bringing Jazz to Life”. 6th – 12th grade students will benefit from music clinics conducted by nationally known jazz instructor Reggie Thomas. Mr. Thomas will work with Unit 4 music students to give them a historical perspective of jazz in this country’s culture as well as work with students on their technique.

Krannert Youth Series recipients:

7 teachers will receive up to $200.00 to put towards the cost of taking their students to a Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Youth Series performance in the 2018-2019 school year.

Congratulations to:

  • District 116 – Rebecca Cortright (Wiley Elementary), Cara Maurizi (Dr. King Elementary), Karen DeBauche and Beth Waldhauser (Urbana Middle School).
  • Unit 4 – Mary Cecava (Barkstall Elementary), Pam Chambers (Robeson Elementary) and Karinsa Moline (South Side Elementary)

Forms will be available in the fall when the grant cycle reopens on October 4, 2018.


Forms for The Gift of Music:

The goal of the grant program is to support and enhance K-12 music education in Champaign Unit 4 School District schools.

  • The Gift of Music Signature Page
  • The Gift of Music–BUDGET FORM

The Krannert Youth Series Grant:

This grant is made possible by Rich and Susan McDonald
The goal of the grant program is to support Champaign Unit 4 or Urbana School District #116 PreK-12 student attendance at Youth Series events at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (KCPA) at the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL.

I.D.E.A. Grants

I.D.E.A. Grants are open to all District 116 and Unit 4 professionally licensed educators or professionally licensed support staff for projects that benefit their students, classroom or school. Funds are available for projects from $250-$2,000. The application process is completely online through our website.