The Community Legacy Project

I received the official word last week that I have been awarded a Community Legacy Project grant by the Center for Arts Education at the Boston Arts Academy. Below is the press release sent out by Montgomery Public Schools:

Booker T. Washington Instructor Awarded
Community Legacy Project Grant

National Artist Teacher Fellowship Awards Nine Grants for its Community Legacy Project in National Competition

MONTGOMERY, ALFoster Dickson, a creative writing/English teacher at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, will receive an $800 grant from the National Artist Teacher Fellowship’s Community Legacy Project.

The National Artist Teacher Fellowship (NATF) program supports the artistic revitalization of arts teachers, offering them the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists and stay current with new practices. For this year only, NATF awarded grants to nine previous Fellows, giving them the opportunity to share their work as engaged community-based artists through the Community Legacy Project. NATF is generously supported by the Surdna Foundation and is a program of the Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy.

The nine grant recipients represent seven states and seven unique arts schools from around the country including Booker T. Washington Magnet High School; Boston Arts Academy; City Arts and Technology High School; Fordham High School for the Arts; Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts; Media Arts Collaborative Charter School; and Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. The grantees are performing exemplary community work in the arts and engaging underserved groups with little access to arts instruction. These teachers excel in a broad spectrum of visual, performing, and literary arts.

Dickson will present a workshop at the 15th NATF Convening in October 2015 in Boston. In addition, the selected Fellows’ work will be featured on the NATF website, where it will serve as documentation of the program’s rich history. CLP grantees will become part of a lasting legacy for NATF, celebrating the program’s accomplishments over the past 15 years, and facilitating future collaborations between Fellows, administrators, schools and their communities.

Dickson encourages his students and local urban youth to engage in their community and educate themselves on the history and artistry of Alabama. He works with local community partners to impart on these youth from diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds the cultural richness that exists in the state of Alabama.

In addition to being BTW’s creative writing teacher since 2003, Dickson is a working writer and editor. He was the operations manager/editor at NewSouth Books from 2001-2003. His poetry, interviews, book reviews, short fiction, and creative nonfiction works have been published in magazines and newspapers and on the web.

Dickson received his original grant from the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship in 2009.

For more information on the National Artist Teacher Fellowship program, please visit:

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