JANESVILLE — Adams Elementary School art teacher Amanda Zdrale is the national winner of a $20,000 award sponsored by the National Art Education Association.

Zdrale was presented with the award Friday to be used to support the arts at Janesville’s Adams Elementary School.

Katie Ward of Jackson Elementary School and Teresa Plawman of Edison Middle School each received $1,000.

The contest is a partnership between Popsicle, the National Art Education Association and parent, actor, and arts education advocate Kyla Pratt, to champion imaginative play and learning within classrooms and art programs across the nation.

The Stick with Art! contest invited Title 1 art teachers to share their students’ creative, colorful, and imaginative craft stick creations on social media for a chance to win up to $20,000 to help support the cost of art supplies for their students.

To participate, art educators in K-12 Title I schools shared a photo of their students’ craft stick creations via the teacher’s Instagram using the hashtag #StickWithArtContest and tagging @Popsicle.

View the Adams Elementary School art Instagram page HERE.

  • Popsicle and NAEA selected 40 teachers to win $1,000 to fund art school supplies.
  • Four of the winning teachers’ schools will receive $10,000 and Zdrale won the $20,000 top prize.
  • Rewards are meant to be spent on supporting arts access in contest-winning Title 1 schools.

Adams School will hold Family Art Night from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2023.

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak of Janesville is founder of the Janesville News Report