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RE:[teacherartexchange] Budget survey


From: jjennifer west (jenniferjoycewest_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Oct 08 2009 - 12:29:41 PDT

Thanks for your interest and support. When I have time, I post work to my blog: Unfortunately, now that I have recently been given the additional job of fundraiser, a lot of my time is being eaten up with research and meetings, rather than time to photograph work, post to my blog, and work on new planning and new projects.


Jen West

--- On Thu, 10/8/09, Lyn Wilcox <> wrote:

> From: Lyn Wilcox <>
> Subject: RE:[teacherartexchange] Budget survey
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009, 9:47 AM
> I would love to see some of your
> classroom activities and lesson plans.  You sound like
> you have a vast knowledge.  We do ceramics and I pay
> for at least half of the cost.  Last year while I was
> purchasing supplies for clay sculpture there was a high
> school teacher that paid $4,000 for her own supplies.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: jjennifer west []
> Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 8:11 PM
> Subject: Budget survey
> Hi all,
> I'm sorry that I don't usually participate more actively in
> these on-line conversations, but I have been an active
> lurker for over ten years:) (participating
> sporadically).  Over that time I have worked all over
> the country and most recently over the past several years I
> have been teaching art in Santa Monica, CA.  I love my
> job, but budget has all of a sudden become a HUGE
> issue.  The program was completely supported by grant
> money (for the last two years), and now that the grant money
> has been used, no other monetary support has taken it's
> place.  While my principal "talks the talk" about
> supporting the arts, understanding how important they are,
> blah, blah, blah, she gave me a middle school budget of
> $300.00 for the entire school year.  This is the same
> principal who begged me to purchase a kiln (with a large
> portion of the grant money) and promised me that when the
> grant ran out she would make sure I continued to receive the
> money necessary
> to incorporate a ceramics section into the arts
> curriculum.  I am now faced with number questions, and
> I am searching high and low for statistics, but am having a
> hard time finding them regarding budgets.  Can I get
> some art budget numbers please?  I teach middle school
> visual art, and they expect me to teach everything (such as
> crafts, painting, ceramics, drawing, you name it).  I
> have two year long classes of dedicated young artists and
> three "exploratory wheel" classes that rotate through about
> every 12-18 weeks.  I would really appreciate anyone's
> numbers in terms of what their district/school spends per
> child or on the visual art department as a whole. 
> Also, if anyone has any specific links to sites that show
> monetary numbers necessary to sustain an art program (not
> just art advocacy, but those that give specific numbers
> regarding spending per child) I would really appreciate it.
> Thanks for any help!
> Jen West
> Art Teacher, Santa Monica, CA
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