Russell J. Efros at the age of three with his camcorder. Russell was inspired by so many great teachers.

Have you had an art, music, drama, or writing teacher who made a difference in your life? Show your appreciation by nominating them for the Russell J. Efros Foundation’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Two K-12 art teachers from anywhere in the United States will each receive a $1,000 cash gift, plus an additional $500 to put toward art supplies for their classrooms. The award winners will be honored at the Fourth Annual Russell Sprouts Celebration of Life at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.

The deadline for nominations is October 31 and winners will be announced on November 3, 2021.

To nominate an art teacher, visit

About Russell Efros and the Russell J. Efros Foundation
Russell Efros was a New York-based filmmaker and musician. He wrote, directed, produced, and edited short films and music videos. He also wrote, recorded, and performed music with his band, Plain Dog, as lead singer and guitarist.

The Russell J. Efros Foundation sprouts creativity by providing direct support and community access to artists. We are fiercely pursuing Russell’s dreams, which have now become ours, to build a safe, warm, and nurturing community for creatives to express themselves, share their talents, create and collaborate with other artists, and gain access to the resources that they need to sprout and flourish.