The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art Advocates and the Stillwater Public Education Foundation (SPEF) are partnering to provide a $12,000 sponsorship to support art education in Stillwater Public Schools for the 2018-2019 school year.
The sponsorship will give all elementary schools $1 per student for art supplies. The middle school, junior high and high school will benefit by receiving $1 for each student taking an art class. Teachers will also have the opportunity to apply for grants that encourage interdisciplinary curriculum and classroom teaching that integrates visual arts twice a year through SPEF.
“Art is an essential part of education for all students. The creativity and confidence that it builds in children is invaluable,” said Jenifer Bartley, SPEF executive director. “This donation will give teachers the opportunity to do what they do best — be innovative and creative while bringing an interdisciplinary approach to classroom teaching.”
According to Bartley, this is the first year both music and art will be available at all six Stillwater Public School elementary sites.
“The Art Advocates want to showcase how art enriches our lives and community,” said Jill Webber, Art Advocates co-chair. “We value the arts, and we want its opportunities available to everyone.”
The OSU Museum of Art Advocates support the museum and its outreach to the community through advocacy, volunteering and/or financial contributions. Learn more here.