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Cheryl Strain Professional Development Award

The purpose of the Cheryl Award is to provide funds to an Arts for Learning Teaching Artist, Board Member, or Staff Member for attendance to the Young Audiences Inc. National Conference March 25-27, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. Click here to download the rubric by which you will be considered.
About the Award:

Background: Over the years, Cheryl Strain dedicated many hours to ensuring the success of Arts for Learning, serving terms as chair of nearly every committee and Board Chair. She is undoubtedly one of the most vocal advocates in the community, having personally raised countless donations for the organization. She is the only Indiana affiliate board member to have served on the National Young Audiences Board of Directors, in addition to several national committees, and was even a recipient of the National Board Member of the Year Award.

Scholarship: In an effort to recognize Cheryl’s extraordinary contributions to the organization, Arts for Learning has decided to create a scholarship in her honor, which will allow a board or staff member to attend the annual Young Audiences’ National Conference. The conference is an excellent opportunity for participants to grow in their knowledge of and commitment to the field of arts in education, as well as learn about the network as a whole and interact with representatives of other affiliates.

Policy:  The fund established in 2014, generated it’s first award in Spring, 2015. The Cheryl Award is awarded to one  board member or staff member per year.  The level of the award will be based on previous year’s endowment income.  A set percentage of spendable income from the endowment will be utilized to fund the Cheryl Award. Once determined by the Board, the percentage of income deemed the Cheryl Award will be in force each year, until such time as the Arts for Learning Board of Directors changes it.

Procedure:  The executive committee of the Board of Director of Arts for Learning will serve as the adjudicating body. The adjudicators will develop an annual application form (with the amount of the Cheryl Award identified for that year). The awardee will be recognized at the Arts for Learning Annual Board Meeting.

The Fine Print:

 Applications must be submitted (online or by mail to the Arts for Learning offices) by Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 3:00pm. Late applications will not be accepted. Award recipients will be notified by Friday, February 21st, 2020. Conference expenses will be reimbursed upon submission of receipts.  The Cheryl Strain Award recipient will attend the Annual Board Meeting June 17th, 2020 at 4:45pm to be recognized with all annual Arts for Learning awardees. Applications will be adjudicated by the Arts for Learning executive committee at their sole discretion. Total amount available: $1,500.


To apply, please fill out the form below. 

For information on this year’s National conference, click here.


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