Art in school isn't a nicety. It's a necessity. Sadly many schools have had to slash funding for arts programs. Whenever we can shine the spotlight on a worthy arts education program, we do. My friend Brendan O'Connell has been working on a program called Every Artist. The purpose is to "spark human creativity."
In 2013, Everyartist will create a national, collaborative art event that engages elementary school children across the country the largest art event in history. Our platform of events, digital content/tools and retail products empowers ArtTeachers, ArtMoms and ArtAngels to spark and sustain the creativity inside every ArtKid. I love this quote from the mission statement: "Creativity is the new petroleum. We are looking at the world differently and strive to exude creative thought in everything we do."
Last year Brendan and his friend Breck Kling helped more than 8,000 elementary school kids fill a football field with their art--they set the World Record for the largest number of pieces of art created on the same day 8,416, to be exact. Now they want to make the project even bigger. EveryArtist will create a national, collaborative art event that engages elementary school children across the country the largest art event in history.
The goal for this year's project is $30,000. Will you chip in?
What can you do?
Take part in the event: The 2013 projects will Include a downloadable kit that will make it easy for parents and teachers to register and become local event coordinators. The kit includes instructions for staging an event, group lesson plans with the rudimentary elements of drawing designed by a professional art educator adaptable to every age group, stickers and other incentives for the participating children, and a press release that can be shared with local media.
Celebrate art everyday: Have supplies at the ready for your kids, take them to museums and read about artists.
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