Arts in Education Awards

Arts in Education Awards History

Since 1997, Young Audiences of Northeast Texas has supported the arts in education and partnered with educators to bring unique arts experiences to students, teachers and schools. Our Arts in Education Awards event will honor the true heroes of the arts in our schools, arts educators themselves.

Young Audiences presents awards for Arts Teaching Excellence in six categories, Elementary, Middle, High School, Rising Star, Distinguished Service to the Profession, and Lifetime Achievement.

Awards include grants and free arts experiences for your school presented by a Young Audiences teaching artist. The selection committee will include members of local businesses, local educators, patrons of the arts, and Young Audiences Board members.

The 2018 Arts in Education Awards
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Willow Brook Country Club | 7pm

2017 Arts in Education Awards Honorees

Johnny Ray, All Saints Episcopal School
Lifetime Achievement Award
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Denny Whitley, Whitehouse ISD
Lifetime Achievement Award
Alison Adkins, Mineola Elementary (Mineola ISD)
Rising Star Award
Cynthia Dempsey, Clarkston Elementary (Tyler ISD)
Arts Teaching Excellence Award:
Glenn Ballard, The Brook Hill School
Arts Teaching Excellence Award: Secondary
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Darren Richardson, Weldon Elementary (Gladewater ISD)
Distinguished Service to the Profession Award

Lifetime Achievement

The lifetime achievement award is presented to an educator who has dedicated his or her life to arts education.

Past Lifetime Achievement Award Winners:

Carolyn Stewart, Tyler ISD (2017)

Leslie Ring, Tyler ISD (2016)

Distinguished Service to the Profession 

The Distinguished Service to the Profession award is presented to an educator who has not only provided outstanding service to his or her students, but also to his or her colleagues and the field of arts education as a whole.

Past Distinguished Service to the Profession Award Winners: 

Kimberley Funderburk, Carthage ISD (2017)

George Brigman, Tyler ISD (2016)

Christopher Collins, Rains ISD (2016)

Rising Star 

The Rising Star award is presenting to an educator in his or her first 3 years of teaching.

Past Rising Star Award Winners: 

Neil Hicks, Tyler ISD (2017)

Kimberly Walton, Chapel Hill ISD (2016)

Arts Teaching Excellence Awards

The Arts Teaching Excellence Awards are presented to an elementary, middle, and secondary arts teacher who have each gone above and beyond in their field.

Past Arts Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Derek Johnson (Elementary), Tyler ISD (2017)

Lisa Lininger (Middle), Tyler ISD (2017

Christine Killian (High School), Whitehouse ISD (2017)

Laura Hilbig (Elementary), UT Tyler Innovation Academy (2016)

Christolyn Milligan (Middle), Tyler ISD (2016)