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<<Our district just received a big chunk of change to implement a visiting
artist type program. If anyone knows about great people/programs out there,
please email me.>>
Does NY have a state arts commission? We have one here in AZ that screens
artists and the people who are selected to be on thier roster are always
I wrote and recieved grants for 4 years to bring Native American Artists into
our school. One way I got to know the people was by going to art shows and
spending a good deal of time talking to the people whose work caught my
attention. Some were more than happy to participate in schools, others had no
interest at all. Now is a good time to visit the arts and craft fairs in your
area, and meet the artists.
Think I usually told them about my concept and waited for their reaction,
which also saved time. Another thing I did was choose a theme... like
painting, or women artists, or 3-D work to organize the people who were
chosen. We paid them $500 for a week in the schools plus $500 to leave an
artwork which is exhibited in the district. (We now have some awesome art
hanging on the walls of our schools).
Visiting artists are a LOT of work, but worth the time. I even had a former
student come in as a presenter. He has lots of younger brothers and sisters
and was a great role model. Some big name artists are more than happy to
participate... just write to them and tell them what you want to do.
Kayenta Intermediate School