For Immediate Release
Robin Freese

Announcing California Casualty’s 2020 Music and Arts Grant Recipients


Music and Arts Program from California CasualtySan Mateo, CA, September 14, 2020 – After careful consideration of more than 500 applications, California Casualty has designated 146 schools throughout the country as 2020 Music and Arts Grant awardees.

The recipients, representing 31 states, demonstrated a strong financial need that aligned with the purpose of the program – to keep music and arts in schools.

Arts and music programs have long been shown to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and creativity and improve their concentration, motivation and confidence. With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on communities and schools, the arts are playing an even more critical role in helping children express themselves, connect with each other, process stress, and stay engaged in their new virtual learning environment.

California Casualty’s $36,500 in grants will give more students a chance to learn music, act in a school play, or hone their artistic talents – virtually or in-person – throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.

“The importance of arts education can’t be overstated,” said California Casualty Assistant Vice President Brian Goodman. “We are proud that we can help teachers provide more creative opportunities for students and schools.”

The 146 grants* of $250 each will provide financial assistance for efforts such as:

  • Buying paper and clay for visual arts students
  • Purchasing new mouthpieces for band instruments
  • Opera Guild mentoring for Jr. High opera performance
  • To purchase basic arts supplies to be used with the science and math units of study to put the ARTS into STEM
  • Buying lighting, audio, props, costumes, and set pieces

*A full list of 2020 Music and Arts Grant recipients by state follows.

California Casualty’s Music and Arts Grant program receives applications year-round. To be considered for a 2021 award, educators at public K-12 schools can apply for a $250 Music and Arts Grant at Applicants must be a current member of the state NEA affiliate or one of the other participating educator associations including ACSA, CASE, COSA, KASA, NASA or UASSP.

2020 Music and Arts Awardees By State

Lisenby Primary School, Ozark
Chickasaw Middle and High School, Chickasaw
Jackson Intermediate School, Jackson

Sunrise Mountain High School, Peoia

Metteer Elementary School, Red Bluff
Parkway Elementary, Sacramento
Esparto Elementary, Esparto
Roosevelt Junior High School, Modesto
Terrell Elementary School, San Jose
Casa Roble Fundamental High School, Orangevale
Antelope Elementary, Red Bluff
Lawton Alternative School, San Francisco
Newark Unified School District , Newark
Valley View Middle School, Pleasant Hill
Lower Lake High School, Lower Lake
Carolyn Clark Elementary, San Jose
Hillview Jr. High School, Pittsburg
Bret Harte Middle School, Hayward
Eden Gardens Elementary, Hayward
North Tahoe High School, Tahoe City
Pinole Valley High School, Pinole
Pioneer High School, San Jose
McCaffrey Middle School, Galt
Southside School, Hollister
Hercules High School, Hercules
Ed C. Lewis Elementary School, Downey
Bella Vista Elementary, Monterey Park
Jurupa Valley High School, Jurupa Valley
Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara
Bayside STEAM Academy, Imperial Beach
Yucca Loma Elementary School, Apple Valley
Polytechnic High School, Long Beach
Garden Grove Elementary IMPACT, Simi Valley, California
Arbolita Elementary, La Habra
Whitley Elementary, Bakersfield
Park Dale Lane Elementary, Encinitas
John Muir Middle School, Los Angeles
El Toyon School, National City
Citrus Valley High School, Redlands
Phoenix Academy East at Woodrow Wilson HS, Los Angeles
Alcott Elementary, San Diego
VIDA, Vista
John Marshall Elementary, Anaheim
Hillview Middle School, Whittier

Kendallvue Elementary School, Morrisong
East Middle School, Aurora
Main Street School, Longmont
Casey Middle School, Boulder
Mitchell High School, Colorado Springs
Euclid Middle School, Littleton

James J. Curiale Elementary School, Bridgeport
Kelly STEAM Magnet Middle, Norwich
ACES Mill Academy, Hamden
Central High School, Bridgeport
Rotella School, Waterbury
Valley View Elementary School, Portland

W. Reily Brown Elementary, Dover

Palencia Elementary School, Saint Augustine

Dallas Elementary, Dallas

Post Falls High School, Post Falls
Lakeland Jr. High, Rathdrum
Rockland Middle School, Rockland

Addams Jr. High, Schuamburg
Frederick Nerge Elementary, Roselle

South Side Elementary School, Kendallville
Children's Academy Early Learning Center, New Albany
East Washington Elementary, Pekin
Terre Haute South Vigo High School, Terre Haute
Ridpath Primary School, Greencastle

Hoover Elementary School, Cedar Rapids

Salina South High School, Salina
Andover High School, Andover
Bucklin USD 459, Bucklin
ANW Elementary Dayschool, Iola
Cheney USD 268, Cheney

Georgetown Middle School, Georgetown
East Perry Elementary, Hazard
Crawford Middle School, Lexington
Carter Traditional Elementary School, Louisville

Iberville STEM Academy, Rosedale

Alexander Elementary School, Alexander

Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, Upper Marlboro
Walkersville Middle School, Walkersville

Lac qui Parle Valley Band, Madison
Chaska Middle School West, Chaska

Wedgwood 6th Grade Center, Florissant
Halls Ferry Intermediate, Florissant
Lewis and Clark Middle School, Jefferson City

Bench Elementary School, Billings

Roberta C. Cartwright Elementary, Las Vegas

New Jersey
Clifton Avenue Grade school, Lakewood
Florence Avenue School, Irvington
Grant School, South Plainfield
Smalley School, Bound Brook
John Adams Elementary School, North Brunswick
Haskell School, Haskell
Memorial High School, West New York
Dr. Frank Napier School of Technology, Paterson
Thomas Paine Elementary School, Cherry Hill
Manchester Township High School, Manchester

New Mexico
Belen Middle School, Belen
Memorial Elementary, Deming

Huy/AG Bell Elementary, Columbus
Heritage Elementary, Pickerington
Madison high school, Madison
Gorrell Elementary, Massillon
Centerville High School, Centerville

L. Mendel Rivers Elementary, Altus

Roseway Heights Middle School, Portland
Cascades Elementary School, Lebanon
Woodlawn Elementary School, Portland
Alliance High School at Benson Campus, Portland
Aloha High School, Beaverton
Chehalem Elementary, Beaverton
Scholls Heights Elementary, Beaverton
Jefferson County Middle School, Madras

Hopewell Elementary School, Center Valley
Clairton Education Center, Clairton
Bushkill Elementary School, Dingmans Ferry
Willow Dale Elementary School, Warminster
Penndale Middle School, Lansdale
Wilson Area High School, Easton

East Ridge Elementary, East Ridge

Suncrest Elementary, Orem

Gess Elementary, Chewelah
Jefferson Middle School, Olympia
Silver Star Elementary School, Vancouver
Olympic Hills Elementary School, Seattle
Toppenish Middle School, Toppenish
Crescent School District, Joyce
Kiona-Benton City Middle School, Benton City
Bethel Middle School, Spanaway
Maya Angelou Elementary, Pasco
Whittier Elementary, Pasco
Centralia High School, Centralia
Tonasket Choice High School, Tonasket
Foothills Middle School, Wenatchee
Wilson High School, Tacoma
Columbia Elementary, Wenatchee
Nautilus K-8, Federal Way
Harmony Elementary, Bellingham
Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Vancouver
Harvard Elementary School, Tacoma

Manor Heights Elementary, Casper
Poison Spider School, Casper

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