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 are Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Nomination Submission Requirements

Nominations for the Arts in Education Awards are open to the public and may be made by any individual; art educators are also highly encouraged to self-nominate.  Eligible educators teach in a public, private or charter school in the Region 7 geographic area.  Nominations are evaluated on these FOUR components:

1. A 300 word narrative, written by the nominee, highlighting his or her arts program and the impact it has on students.  Please include the following:

  • Use of creative approaches to learning;
  • Promotion and implementation of the arts as critical and essential to education;
  • Evidence of encouragement of parental involvement in the creative education of their children;
  • Evidence of community connections and involving community art and cultural partners in offering diverse experiences beyond the classroom;
  • For the Distinguished Service to the Profession award, please additionally describe what the teacher has done to give back to the field of arts education either in their specific discipline or overall.  This could include involvement in arts education associations, professional development for fellow fine arts teachers or state or regional level work with UIL or other competition network.

2. A recommendation letter from the teacher’s current or most recent principal (if retired)

3. Current curriculum vitae

4. Artist work sample: This is a critical piece of the application and is heavily weighted by the judges.  The sample should support the narrative and show examples of teacher’s work with students as well as student work.  It may include student comment as fitting.  FORMAT: Video is best and should be no more than 5 minutes.  PowerPoint presentation is acceptable for visual art documentation.

All documents can be uploaded in the online Nomination Form. 

Young Audiences of Northeast Texas, 200 East Amherst, Tyler, TX 75701

2017 Arts in Education Awards Honorees

Carolyn Stewart
Carolyn Stewart
Lifetime Achievement Award

Carolyn Stewart, Andy Woods Elementary, Tyler ISD

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Kimberly Funderburk
Distinguished Service to the Profession Award

Kimberley Funderburk, Carthage High School, Carthage ISD

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Neil Hicks
Rising Star Award

Neil Hicks, Robert E. Lee High School, Tyler ISD

Derek Johnson photo
Derek Johnson
Arts Teaching Excellence Award:
Elementary

Derek Johnson, Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy, Tyler ISD

Lisa Linginger Photo
Lisa Lininger
Arts Teaching Excellence Award:
Middle School

Lisa Lininger, Three Lakes Middle School, Tyler ISD

Christine Killian Photo
Christine Killian
Arts Teaching Excellence Award:
High School

Christine Killian, Whitehouse High School, Whitehouse ISD

Award Categories

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:

Leslie Ring, Tyler ISD (2016)

Johnnie Patton, Tyler ISD (2015) 

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: 

George Brigman, Tyler ISD (2016)

Christopher Collins, Rains ISD (2016)

Alacia Reid, Tyler ISD (2015)

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: 

Kimberly Walton, Chapel Hill ISD (2016)

Ramon Carrasco, Tyler ISD (2015) 

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

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

Christolyn Milligan (Middle), Tyler ISD (2016)

Julianna Wynn (Elementary), Tyler ISD (2015)

Heather Gentry (Middle), Arp ISD (2015)

Melinda Tefteller (Secondary), Tyler ISD (2015)