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Tancer “Arts in Education” Award

2022 Nomination Application Now Open!

Arizona’s Arts in Education Celebration and the Tancer “Arts in Education” Award, which is an inaugural award in memory of philanthropist, and past Act One member, Bob Tancer.

Robert “Bob” Tancer was an active member of the Act One board, believing in the mission of the organization and working on the committee to expand the educational depth of the field trip experience. Bob saw the tremendous role the teacher played in making the experience rich and educationally rewarding. 

Any full-time, certified Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade Arizona general education, special education, or arts educator is eligible to be nominated. The award will be presented at a ceremony at the winner’s school in September. You may self-nominate or nominate someone else. Deadline is Friday, July 15, 2022 at 11:59pm MST. The top 3 nominees will be notified by Monday, August 15th with Zoom interviews taking place the week of August 22. The winner will be contacted by Friday, August 26th.

Winner will receive:

  • $1,000 Monetary Award
  • Changing Hands Bookstore Gift Certificate
  • Original Piece of Art
  • Tickets from Arts + Culture Partners
  • Field Trips from Arts + Culture Partners

Apply or Nominate Now!

 

Robert “Bob” Tancer

In accordance with the National Arts in Education Week celebration, Act One will be hosting our first inaugural Tancer “Arts in Education” Award, which is an arts educator award this fall in memory of philanthropist and past Act One member, Robert “Bob” Tancer.

Bob Tancer was an active Act One Board Member, believing in the organization’s mission and working on the committee to expand the educational depth of the field trip experience. Bob passed away as Covid-19 entered the country, with arts groups halting all live performances and, obviously, student field trips. He fervidly believed that the classroom teacher had the opportunity and responsibility to build on the field trip experience both before and after, tying it to the current life, talking about what was happening at the time of the performance, and why the message of the performance was important and relevant to today’s world. Bob saw the tremendous role the teacher played in making the experience rich and educationally rewarding.

2021 Tancer Award Winner Taryn Tidwell!

Congratulations to Taryn Tidwell of Shepherd Junior High School in Mesa for being the first inaugural winner of the Tancer Award. Tidwell is the choir and musical theatre director at the school, and is a cancer survivor and a passionate advocate for the performing arts. Read more here.

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