As someone who has invested way too many hours in my daughters’ NYC public school and education issues beyond those four walls, I have come to realize that the worst thing educators and administrators can do is look at various subjects – math, literacy, science, art, music, gym, social studies – as isolated fields of study. But, unfortunately that does happen, and more often than not the arts are deemed “extras” instead of integral to bringing alive math, science, literacy and the other “core” subjects.
In my daughters’ school the parents pay tens of thousands of dollars to supplement the meager art budget in the school. We cover supplies for the art teacher, a separate art program through Studio in a School for the 4th and 5th Grades since they don’t get a dedicated art class, art supplies for the classroom teachers so they can do curriculum based art projects, and fund the school art show, chimes music program, dance programs, and more. We are lucky. Our parents have the means, time and know-how to fundraise this kind of money. Most schools are not this lucky. So, I was thrilled to participate in the Blick Art Materials Art Room Aid program.
“Art Room Aid was created in 2009 by Blick Art Materials. As a company focused on educational and professional art supplies, Blick has also consistently supported arts education in diverse ways. Whether sponsoring art scholarships or creating lesson plans that address national standards of learning while easing the burden on busy educators, we at Blick understand just how important collaboration is. And we know that big dreams start small- after all, Blick is a family-owned company that began at Mr. and Mrs. Blick’s kitchen table in Galesburg, Illinois, 100 years ago.
Today, we’re continuing to nurture that deeply rooted investment in the arts and in educational communities with Art Room Aid. As the world becomes increasingly linked, skills like visual communication and creative problem-solving are more important than ever.”
I knew I wanted to find a teacher who worked at a school that didn’t have the kind of support that my daughters’ school has and fortunately, my sister connected me with Laura Pawson, a Visual Arts and Special Education teacher at Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Brooklyn. The school’s population made up of low-income students, including many homeless children, and almost 25% English Language Learners.
Ms. Pawson immediately jumped at the opportunity to stock up on supplies for a mosaic project she has been developing for her students. She created a wish list through Blick Art Materials Art Room Aid that you can now help fund and fulfill! In addition, she will be given $100 by Blick Art Materials to help kickstart this campaign and get these kids creating amazing art!
So, please click on over and help fund this fabulous project. You can click here: Juan Morel Campos Mosaic Project and give as little as $10 to bring art into a child’s life.