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RE:[teacherartexchange] Budget survey


From: jjennifer west (jenniferjoycewest_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Oct 13 2009 - 20:17:01 PDT

Hi Lyn,

May I ask how many kids you teach, what age/grade level, if you are in a private or public school, what classes/materials you teach, and what a general yearly budget may look like for you?

Thanks for the compliment and thanks for your help.



--- 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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