We are pleased to announce that Shearra Miller, Executive Director of the Cleveland County Arts Council and member of the Cleveland County Board of Education was selected for an NCAEA Friends of the Arts II Award.
Mrs. Miller was nominated by Maria Padgett, Curriculum Technology Coordinator and former Art Educator at Crest High School. In her nomination, Ms. Padgett wrote: “Shearra Miller is the Executive Director of the Cleveland County Arts Council. Through the Arts Council and the "Artists in Schools" grant program, ten to fifteen schools receive grants up to $500 every year, which fund workshops, guest artists, murals, equipment purchases and so many more things that just wouldn't be possible without it. Also, she helps orchestrate and host the student art competition and exhibition each year, as well as a meal where all art teachers are invited to come and enjoy one another's camaraderie while eating homemade bread.
The arts council also offers children's art camps in the summer and generously pays many of the county’s art teachers to teach these camps in summer months, supplementing art teacher salaries, because she understands the needs of teachers.
Shearra has served on our Board of Education for over 20 years and is the immediate past president of the North Carolina School Board Association. In this role, she consistently advocates for the arts and art teachers by creating awareness, creating opportunities, defending positions and voting in favor of the arts on every occasion. Shearra works tirelessly and with great humility, I am passionate that she is a true friend of the arts.”
Ms. Miller commented that “Arts in Education is where both of my worlds collide in a nice way - my job at the Arts Council and my service as a school board member. I am a firm believer in the arts and that the benefits for students go far beyond the drawings, paintings, music and drama in which they participate. Art can help with their core academic instruction and helps them to be more well-rounded individuals. I am truly honored that Maria nominated me.”
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