National Arts in Education Week may not be until the week of September 10-16, but the local effort to create awareness gained plenty of steam over the past week.

Starting with a $2,500 donation from the Palm Coast Business Professionals on Friday, August 11, on Tuesday evening during the Flagler County School Board meeting the official proclamation recognizing National Arts in Education Week was read.

Leading the awareness campaign is former educator and current director of the Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center at Flagler Auditorium, Amelia Fulmer.

Her passion for arts education as a career music instructor has carried over into her role with the performing arts center where students at Flagler Palm Coast High School train through a variety of community and professional shows.

Furthering the students’ and teachers’ opportunities for success, the Arts in Education fund allows them to apply for grants to offset costs.

Members of the Flagler Auditorium Governing Board represent a cross-section of the business community and auditorium patronage and were on hand Tuesday evening for the proclamation reading.

Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center Director Amelia Fulmer accepts the $2,500 donation from Palm Coast Business Professionals Dr. Josh Wright (incoming director) and Brad Ward (director). Photo courtesy Palm Coast Business Professionals.

Flagler Auditorium Governing Board member Jay Scherr was pleased to see the donation for the Arts in Education fund as the outgoing director of the Palm Coast Business Professionals.

“We understand the vital role the arts play in our community and as an important contributor to students’ success in the Flagler County schools,” said Scherr. “On behalf of our members, we’re excited to donate $2,500 to support the Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center’s mission.”

Championing the upcoming month of activities Fulmer was enthusiastic about this year’s promotion.

“We get the opportunity to shout out and support our arts teachers in Flagler Schools during Arts in Education Week and remind everyone that arts are essential art programs and life-changing for many of our students,” she said.

“Keep an eye out on our social media pages. We will be celebrating all month!”

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