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The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards

Larry Barnfield

2010 Recipient for Arts in Education


Larry Barnfield

As fine arts coordinator for Dorchester School District Two, Larry Barnfield continuously works to increase the number of outstanding arts opportunities and arts faculty in South Carolina schools. During the past ten years, he has expanded the district's arts program, earning the district national recognition.


The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education has recognized Barnfield's work in District Two on three occasions.  Two schools under his direction have been recognized as “Arts Schools of Distinction,” and the district has received the “Kennedy Center/National School Boards Association Award for Arts Programming.” During Barnfield's tenure, granting organizations have awarded the district more than $2.5 million in funds for arts programs, and the district earned a U.S. Department of Education grant to create a neighborhood arts-focused middle school.


Barnfield has received several recognitions for his work in arts education. While in the classroom, he was named “Teacher of the Year” in two large districts, designated as a state honor-roll teacher, and received the “Disney American Teacher Award.”