Update – January 2016:
Our tireless young arts advocate, Priya Vulchi, is still seeking art teachers in need of critical supplies. Please leave information on this google doc if you are a New Jersey art instructor in need of anything for an upcoming project or lesson plan. In the meantime, Priya has begun a blog that showcases her creative writing skills inspired by global issues and events. If you think that our high school students are unfazed by current events, be sure to read Priya’s blog.
Many studies show that an integral education has amazing benefits, which means that cutting art programs has consequences. Students who don’t have access to the appropriate supplies needed for an adequate art class can miss out on a crucial creative outlet, which can lead to increased difficulty mastering core subjects and a higher dropout rate. Overall, it just makes for a less healthy learning environment.
The Circle of Art aims to help educators who are fighting to keep the arts alive in their schools. The first step of our program is for a teacher to fill out our simple online form. After that, talented high school students gather together and work to create an illustration of that teacher’s story. The illustration will be posted on our blog along with the list of supplies that the teacher needs. By seeing the drawings that express the teacher’s struggles, we hope to motivate and inspire viewers to donate money to support the teacher in their endeavor to gather supplies.
Our mission is to raise money for the arts by creating art.
If you are an art educator who is in need of supplies, please fill out our quick form by clicking here. If you aren’t, please spread the word about The Circle of Art to anyone who is!
Update – October 2015:
In conversations with several art teachers Priya learned that art educators lack the fundamental art supplies needed to complete lessons. Here are some quotes from students about their art teachers and how they are making a difference in classrooms throughout New Jersey.