BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. — Westwood High School is proud to announce that the Westwood Fine Arts Department has been awarded the Distinguished Arts Program (DAP) Grant by the South Carolina State Department of Education. This grant will be used to implement the Standards-Based Arts Education Program at Westwood High School to significantly increase student achievement in the Arts. Westwood was awarded $12,100.00 that will be used for professional development, materials and supplies, and guest artists to work with Westwood students.
The Fine Arts faculty at Westwood includes Dr. Anne S. Richardson, Fine Arts Chair, Grant Manager, and Drama teacher, Visual Arts teachers Bill Hicks, Carly Saxon, and Katrina Hampton, Sharon Johnson, Vocal Music teacher, Veneshia Stribling, Dance teacher, Chris Miller, Orchestra teacher, and Daniel Humber, Band Director.
Grant Manager, Dr. Anne S. Richardson, is delighted with the grant award and that it will enable the faculty to add more advanced Fine Arts courses at Westwood to challenge their gifted and talented students. The grant will also provide funding to improve the standards-based entry level courses for all Westwood students and allow academic and Fine Arts teachers to collaborate on Arts Integrated lessons at the school such as My Faire Westwood. Visual Arts teacher Bill Hicks commented, “We're thrilled that Westwood Fine Arts Department is now recognized as a ‘distinguished arts program’. Our school, students and community will greatly benefit from the awarding of this grant.”
Congratulations to the Fine Arts Department at Westwood High School.