I am really pleased to receive your emails!
I have received only a few thus far but I am hopeful that more will
see the post and want to become involved.
The Art show as of now is an idea that warrants collaboration with
other teachers to make it happen!
Lynn, I am curious about the kind of art you do and where you are
teaching? Rick, I teach over at Palms Middle School which is not too
far from where you teach at Palisades. This next year will be my tenth
year at Palms...and part of the reason for this show is to create
something positive for
teachers and their community within the doom and gloom atmosphere as
of late. Susan, thank you for your words of encouragement and ideas!
About me-I have a BFA in sculpture from Washington University in St.
Louis, and then I moved West to pursue experimental filmmaking.
I got a Masters degree from SFAI and since I started teaching, I have
switched to the medium of painting. I mostly paint family and friends-
sort of Pop Art style like Alex Katz.
My goal would be to have the show near the end of school next year-say
May or June 2012. Hopefully we can gather enough artist-teachers this
summer and get together within the next few weeks to share ideas. As
for a gallery space, my only idea right now is to pick the brain of my
brother in law who is the Director of New Media at KCET, because he
is affiliated with so many non profit arts organizations in his line
of work. Of course I would not want to approach those org's until we
had something really special to propose. There are also some cool art
galleries near me on York Street-I live in Mt. Washington-that I could
approach once our concept of the show has solidified.
Please share any thoughts and ideas you may have as we begin to craft
On Jul 25, 2011, at 10:11 AM, Lyn Wilcox wrote:
> Would like to know about this project, sounds like something I would
> like to do in our area, please keep me informed.
> Thank you.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Katherine Purdy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2011 1:19 PM
> Subject: Art Show for LAUSD teachers
> Hello everyone-
> I have been a secondary art teacher for 9 years with LAUSD-and these
> last two years have been especially difficult-
> and it's not the kids!
> I am sure many of you in LAUSD have felt the demoralizing effects of
> budget cuts to the arts, layoffs at our schools,
> and teacher bashing all over the media. The mood of uncertainty and
> negativity is especially depleting to us all.
> So after decompressing during the first few weeks of summer I had an
> idea. Years ago while I was earning my Masters degree
> and teaching credential in San Francisco, I worked as an artist in the
> public schools through a program called Arts in Action.
> For several years we did a faculty Art show-sometimes with our
> student's work and sometimes without- and it was very well received by
> the community and even received local media attention. I really liked
> the way the show honored us as artists in our own right-not just as
> art teachers
> and I think it enabled our students and the community to better see us
> in that way too.
> I would really like to do that same concept of an Art show here in Los
> Angeles with other LAUSD art teachers who are interested.
> This idea is in the extreme formative stages so feel free to jump on
> board with all of your great brainstorming feedback and ideas!
> Hope to hear from you soon.
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