Darryl Alello, art teacher at Copper Mill Elementary, was recently awarded a $3,500 Jazz and Heritage Community Partnership Grant, according to a press release.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The foundation uses Jazz Fest proceeds and other funds raised for education, economic development, and cultural enrichment programs throughout the year.
Since 1979, the foundation has invested Jazz Fest proceeds directly into the community with grants to fund projects that support the foundation’s mission, the statement said. Over the past 10 years, over $10 million has been awarded in Community Partnership Grants.
Named Louisiana Art Teacher of the Year in 2020, Alello has served as an art teacher in the Zachary School District since 2007. When hired, Alello was the only elementary art teacher in the district. The district’s arts program has since grown, according to the release, and Alello has been a part of that development.
The statement says it is innovative, dedicated and seeks large grants to provide the best possible arts education for its students.
Alello said the funding given to him will go towards additional art materials to enhance art projects and expand his lessons on Renaissance artists and art.