The Act One Tancer
“Arts in Education” Award
The Act One Tancer “Arts in Education” Award is 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.
Act One chose to honor Bob and his support of Act One by creating the annual Tancer Award to honor a teacher that exemplifies the same beliefs and excels in incorporating arts education into the classroom.
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.
The 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
Applications for the 2023 Tancer Award are now open!
The deadline is Friday, August 4 at 11:59pm MST. The top 3 nominees will be notified by August 30 with Zoom interviews taking place on September 6th. The winner will be contacted by September 11th.
Robert “Bob” Tancer
In accordance with the National Arts in Education Week celebration, Act One will be hosting our annual Tancer “Arts in Education” Award 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.