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Re: Budgets for teaching art

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Michelle Vidro (ggoose)
Sat, 1 Nov 1997 09:28:25 -0700

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WOW, this sure doesn't seem like a lot of money to me for teaching art to a
whole school of 1,200!!!

I am teaching one class, and was asked to come up with a budget proposal to
try to get a grant (that we didn't get). Just for one class, one semester,
minus the slides, I came up with around $250. Most of these supplies can be
used more than once, for example, in other classes if need be, but I happen
to only teach this one class. It also didn't include any supplies the
teacher/school already had, and I don't know how much that is worth. I
chose some pretty good art supplies too, from an art store. What i'm saying
is that I can trim that budget, but still, my class is only 20 kids!!!

I find i'm putting my own money in to the class, as is the teacher, to make
it what I want it to be. We have asked for parents to contribute any
supplies from our *wish list* to help. Needless to say, the response has
been pretty underwhelming.

This is my only experience with regards to this issue, but I don't think
you are being a baby at all! It takes money to run a good art program.

I would also welcome any ideas for getting money for an art program. I'm
researching grants, but know nothing about grant writing.

Good luck cassdy!

>I have a question concerning art budgets. This is my third year
>teaching elementary art in Houston ISD. The school I am at has approx.
>1200 students. My 1st year the budget allowed $850 for supplies, last
>year $122 (I was also allowed $500 from Kids Now coupon books), and this
>year I will get $200 (with no fundraising). I am hitting the bottom of
>the barrel of art supplies. I have to write at least 3 lesson plans per
>grade level to accomodate for lack of supplies. Am I being a baby or is
>this how most schools fund art programs? I find myself spending my own
>money for supplies. If any one has ideas, I could use a few.

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