ART FOR ALL: Bringing Art to the ABC Summer School Program – $4,079.50
Collaboration being one of our core values, the Community Foundation of Teton Valley was honored to support a partnership between the ABC Summer School Program and Teton Arts to bring quality art programming to ABC’s summer school during this year’s Competitive Grant cycle. Twice a week, Teton Arts will bring art projects that cater to the children’s ages and abilities over the course of 7 weeks. This program will help keep the largely underserved families that attend ABC summer school engaged and learning throughout the summer.
Over 70% of ABC’s students are from economically disadvantaged families and 60% are Hispanic. Research demonstrates that promoting out-of-school programming, connecting families to their schools, and promoting relationships with caring adults increase the likelihood participants will graduate from high school, have fewer discipline issues during regular school, and are less likely to engage in at-risk behavior. Teton Arts knows the inherent benefit of art experiences and the positive impact on academic performance and social engagement. While Teton Arts offers scholarships, transportation and communication are both limiting factors of student engagement.
Through this collaborative programming, more than 50 students will work with two art instructors per class twice per week. The student-teacher ratio will be approximately 12:1 to ensure adequate attention and instruction are available to every student. Students will receive basic technical instruction on using a variety of mediums in a responsible and efficient manner. Each lesson is designed to introduce a new medium and technique to the students, allowing them to experiment on their own while offering insight on different ways they might use the medium to complete their artwork. Different than a project-based approach, where every student follows pre-determined steps to complete very similar projects, this curriculum is choice-based and fosters the student’s creativity and exploration of their own imagination.
The collaborative and strategic nature of this grant will undoubtedly help underserved families maintain engaged learning in a safe, affordable and caring environment while pushing them to express themselves in new ways. By joining forces and providing an environment for growth, ABC and Teton Arts are doing their part to ensure that these students avoid back-sliding over the summer months and are ready to hit the ground running when school starts again next fall.