I agree with you about the inequity situation. It's like everything
else in life...some people get rich without ever doing a thing thru
inheritance, others work their tails off and struggle to get by.
Schools are usually a reflection of the population that attends them.
Parent groups can do a lot in a public school or private school to help
an art program, as can the liasons with businesses that were spoken of.
Oh, for a magic wand to make art budgets all good for everyone. The
real losers are the poor kids who are in districts that won't or can't
fund art at all. It's amazing what many teachers HAVE done with small
budgets. You are lucky to be in a situation where your administration
is so supportive. I have always worked in a school like that, but I
have plenty of friends in art education who make magic out of nothing.
THOSE teachers should be winning HUGE grants and awards for the miracles
that they pull off!. A talented teacher can always do a lot for their
students with a well funded program, but it takes an extra measure of
dedication, persistance, love, and fortitude to stick with a program
where you are not funded or supported by administration and make
something wonderful out of it anyway. I know that I have been spoiled
by my situation. It's the only job in education I've ever had, and I've
been there 25 years. I am thankful to work in a great environment like
I do, but I hold UTMOST respect for those who struggle for their
programs and persist because they believe so strongly in their reason
for being there.
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.