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Arts Council Honors Educators

The Arts Council for Long Beach recently honored two Long Beach Unified School District educators during its annual State of the Arts event.

James Petri, music curriculum leader for the school district, received the Incite/Insight Award for more than 30 years of work as an arts educator and advocate.  He has taught choir here, helps coordinate the annual Long Beach Symphony Youth Concerts, directs musical theatre for Longfellow Elementary School, and coordinates the Harmony Project which helps to bring music education to children from disadvantaged communities.

Vickie McCloyn, a 23-year teacher at Hughes Middle School, also received an Incite/Insight Award.  McCloyn teaches algebra and founded Young, Gifted and Talented, an after-school program that brings together students, parents and neighbors to celebrate black history through the performing arts.  She conducts grassroots fundraising to provide the experience for students.

The Arts Council is a nonprofit organization that promotes, advocates for and helps fund the arts in Long Beach.  Learn more at artslb.org.

James Petri and Vickie McCloyn