This blog isn’t about me at all. It’s about art and kids. Especially the kids in the 4th grade room at a public elementary school in Long Beach CA in a school district with 50 elementary schools serving aprox. 50,000 students which doesn’t have a single paid art specialist or a dedicated art room in any of it’s 50 schools. I’m just saying……….
**As of December 2008 we are no longer in a public school classroom. We are moving our classroom to the community room of the local library. For details see this post.
Who are “we”?
In the writing of this blog I often refer to “we”. “We” are 2 moms from the neighborhood whose kids attended this elementary school 12 &13 years ago. Our kids are now in HS and college. They moved on, we stayed. When our kids were in elementary school we volunteered and taught art in our kids classes on a weekly basis. Neither one of us wanted to see our kids go through school without art.
When our kids moved on so did we. For a while. We missed kids and art and returned to teach on Mondays with the support of teachers who also wanted art in their room but couldn’t do it themselves. It’s free- we volunteer our time, but supplies do cost us money- and to that end we have added a paypal donation link to the sidebar for parents (and anyone else in the universe) who wants to donate toward the supplies we buy. Every little bit helps and we thank you.
Who are we in our “real” lives? A full time artist and a laboratory scientist. Art and science. Go figure!
If you want to see what California schools are supposed to be teaching in the area of visual arts, go here.
If you want to volunteer in the public schools in LBUSD go here.