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Lesson Plans

public school elem. art budget

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Tue, 9 Apr 1996 17:23:56 -0400

Hi Everyone!
It has been my great pet peeve since I started teaching elementary art in
Maine that the programs no matter how hard we promote, display, and teach the
budgets are ridiculous. I teach 750 elementary students in three schools
here in Maine.
My budget is currently $1250. per year. This is cut often by 30% depending
on the budget year. I personally put $2500. per year out of pocket for
visual aids, materials, and research material (slides, books on art or
artists, videos etc.). I have been doing this for the eleven years I have
taught. I am told that I am lucky to have a job. I supose I am, but they
are also VERY lucky to have me too. I keep hoping that the arts will be
valued more by people up here. They still think art is a frill. Boy, I keep
telling them that graphic artists are being imported to Maine because there
is not a pool of artists at $60,000. per year to start. No one quite
believes me. They are still trying to strive students to that $10.00 per
hour job. Much too often I find out that my gifted art students are steered
away from advanced art classes in high school because "you can't make money
doing art!" How sad and ignorant the guidance people are about jobs and
money. I know that I cannot
put a price on the pleasure and satisfaction making art gives my soul. Why
is the bottom line always money?
Thanks for this forum I need to express myself once in a while!
Donna Rollins