I haven't posted in a long time. I currently have a problem that I am sure someone has a great idea for. Some background first. We are a small Lutheran School. I am the art specialist (I have a masters in art education, but I also teach other things.) We have been doing an Art Day for the last few years. Grades 1-8 do nothing but art for an entire day. I invite artist/ teachers to come for the day. We have presentations in the morning where they share their art forms, then in the afternoon, we divide the artists and the students up and have a hans-on project led by the visiting artists. The students love this day. It is a great way to promote the arts and art careers.
Now for my problem. Last year we couldn't host Art Day because all the art teachers I contacted couldn't take off or were afraid to take off with the cuts coming on. I am able to offer a small stipend ($300-500) and lunch for each artist who attends. I am looking for either artists who are interested in coming or suggestions of another way to run art day if I cannot find artists to come in. The students get tired of always hearing me. They love to get some new ideas from new persectives. Any thought would be greatly appreciated. We are located in Hollywood, Florida.