Here is a message from, Tempest, a teaching artist in New York City, trying to get some basic art supplies for kids in need. Thanks so much for your consideration!
My name is Tempest, and I'm a teaching artist in New York City. I primarily work with outreach programs helping to fill a gap in the New York City Public School's art education. Recently I've been volunteering at a charter school in my neighborhood that was not offering an arts program when it opened. Because of my background, the school matched me up with the guidance counselor and a classroom called 'F.I.R.S.T. Academy.'
F.I.R.S.T. Academy is a small class of students who are having difficulties being in a regular school program because of either behavioral or academic problems. F.I.R.S.T. Academy removes them from the regular classroom and puts them in a smaller class where they can receive more focused attention. The guidance counselor works with them on character development, and I've been working in tandem with the counselor to develop an arts program that supports this using art therapy as a theoretical base.
We've done lots of different projects from puppets to story-stones, all designed to develop the kids' confidence and to encourage self-talk, identifying emotions, and team-work.
Through this last semester, I've watched them become much more confident not only in their artistic ability, but also in how they verbally express themselves. There is no question that art is doing them immeasurable amounts of good.
This semester, I would love to get them their very own sketch-pad and box of basic art supplies that they can use in class, but also take home and experiment with on their own. Not only would this be therepeutic, but also would give these kids a chance to take ownership over their supplies and experience responsibility and pride.
However, this program is entirely volunteer. So, we are reaching out to the online community and asking that people donate whatever they can: every $10 is a pencil-box closer to our goal!
We have a fundraiser set up through Dick Blick Art Supplies. When donating through this link, any money is restricted to buying the art supplies listed, so you know your donation is safe.
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