Thanks to all of you who have donated and to those with helpful messages. We appreciate them all! It may look like we aren't raising money but we are. Not all of our donations are coming through gofundme and we aren't just idly waiting for donations. Our students have been working very hard to save their program.
Every Friday evening from 3-7 the kids are selling at the local farmers market. They not only sell pizza, water, and t-shirts; they are making and selling handmade craft items.
We are holding Art in the Park in the City Park & Scout Cabin in Johnston City on Saturday, June 14th from 10-8. We will have live music, food, games, bakery bingo, community yard sale & Flea Market, a silent auction and more!
In addition to the Art in the Park we will also have a car show at the high school parking lot on the same day. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Registration is 9-noon
On Friday, July 18th from 6-9 we will be hosting a Dinner Theater and Bakery Auction. The BBQ dinner will be catered by Country Korner Cookin and The Dinner Singer, Donnie Falknor will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $20.
For those of you who live in the Southern Illinois area join us if you can and support the arts!
We are looking for 350 individuals or groups of individuals to sponsor a student to have access to art class. Each sponsorship is $100. If you can't afford to sponsor a student by yourself recruit some of your friends to go in with you. Our kids need this program. We can't give up!
Our students are in desperate need of your help. A terrible thing is about to happen in our school district and you can help us stop it. The state of Illinois continually makes cuts in the state funding of our schools. The cuts to the coming school year have caused our school board to make the drastic decision to completely eliminate the visual arts program in our district.
Art benefits all students not just those who are planning a career in an art related field. Art education is crucial to helping students develop the skills they need to compete and prosper in our economy. The arts prepare students to become productive members of our globally-competitive workforce by teaching them to be innovative thinkers, creative problem-solvers, effective communicators, and collaborative team-builders. Countless research has shown that arts education in schools increases test scores across every subject area, lowers dropout rates, and helps close the achievement gap regardless of socioeconomic status.
"The profound impact of arts education on children and youth follows them throughout their lives. Arts education rewards our children by helping them to reach practical goals such as academic achievement and career success. Arts education enriches our youth with social, cultural and emotional benefits." Arts Alliance Illinois
The elimination of the arts is happening all across the country especially in small rural communities like Johnston City. It is amazing how much money this country spends on research that shows how important arts education is to our youth. School code mandates Illinois schools to have arts education yet in Illinois, like schools across the United States, schools are eliminating the arts due to funding cuts.
The school board has agreed to keep the our program if we can raise the money to fund it. We need to raise $40,000 by the beginning of August! The money will be used to fund the program for the 2014-2015 school year and will give us time to apply for grants to keep the program going beyond that. We need your help both in the form of a donation and in helping us spread the word. We need action! Please share this story with everyone you know "“ email, social media, news media, businesses, etc.