One point I would bring up is don't treat them any different than any
other kids. They are not in their situations because THEY want to be
there....they are there because of their parents...or lack of parents.
One of my goals when working with low income children (elementary) was
to constantly work on their low self esteem. I would do lessons where
there was no wrong way to complete it. Success was very important to
I also tried to relate to their heritage. We had 97% African American
and 2% Hispanic. We studied several African American Artists and craft
persons. Help them to feel proud of who and what they are. The school
is probably the only constant thing in their lives.
I wish you luck. If you would like more specific ideas, email me and I
would be happy to help.
Good Luck....and keep a smile in your heart and on your face.
Judy in OK
>Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 19:08:47 EST
>Subject: Special Visual Arts Programs for Low-Income Kids.
> I'm trying to create an independent visual arts program that would be
>directed to low-income, underprivileged kids, specifically, ages 3 to
>feel this is an area that perhaps does not have enough emphasis, or
>the wonderful world of art expression.
> So, how do you start such a venture? (In a local sense or beyond.)
> I'm in the process of surfing (a new experience), and by luck came
>ArtEdNet Talk. I would be most appreciative of any suggestions of
>research, experts, programs and projects and your valued experience.
> My background is that of a graphic designer and advertising art
>my passion now is art for this group of kids.
> Thanks a lot! And keep up your art vision for kids everywhere!
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