Spring will soon be upon us, and our thoughts and concerns will turn to planning and budgeting for the 2012-13 School Year. Meet the Masters would like to offer some low-cost, high-return suggestions for helping you finance your visual art program. We hear creative and exciting ideas from our vast family of schools on how they can afford to offer quality art education in this current difficult financial climate. Here is one tried and true idea to start you off:
HOST A SCHOOL-WIDE ART SHOW
- Each child, with teacher’s help, chooses their favorite MTM art project of the year.
- A parent committee organizes, mats, and displays the varied projects, perhaps at Open House or other school-wide special event.
- The parents/grandparents purchase the artwork for a set price, or a donation exceeding the price.
- The artwork beautifies their home or is a great gift for relatives.
- The art show is promoted as a way to fund the art program for the following year.
- The show highlights the importance of art education and the quality of your program.
Who wouldn’t buy their own children’s matted masterpiece? And the students are so very proud to see their artwork
displayed so professionally at school and home.
Many schools can also qualify for art grants. We have put together a list of art-related grants here.
Do you have an idea to share with other schools? Please let us know so we can share it: email@example.com