Help Save Cleveland's Art Program!

$6,150 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 22 months
Jenny Grigsby
for Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation, Inc. (The Foundation...
 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
UPDATE: July 31, 2016

Because of the generosity of donors like you and our amazing partnership with the Arts Council OKC, we are proud that all Cleveland students will receive weekly visual arts instruction.

Private donors raised more than $10,000 to serve students and the Arts Council of OKC’s All Access Arts program is doubling our funds AND paying for all needed art supplies.

In partnership with the Arts Council OKC, Mrs. Stafford has selected an experienced Teaching Artist, who will lead visual arts lesson 5 days a week in the mornings. Each Cleveland student will have visual art each week, including our off-site PreK students!


Ms. Haden  graduated in 2016 from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BFA. Her area of focus is printmaking. Her work has been exhibited in Momentum OKC 2015, 420 Art Studios in Norman, OK, and other venues.

She is a seasoned teaching artist with Arts Council Oklahoma City since 2013, serving at Lee Elementary, in the STEAM program at F.D. Moon Elementary and Eugene Field Elementary, and in several city recreation centers. Kristina has a passion for arts education, and hopes to foster a lifelong appreciation for the arts in her classes. Welcome Ms. Haden!
 
Thank you for your support for our students. We are now working toward our $20,000 goal so that we can provide for next school year’s visual art program. We want to be prepared. With more time and your help we can keep our school enriched with fine art! More info will be coming soon...

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This is an urgent appeal.  Due to state revenue failure, Oklahoma's funding to public education has been drastically reduced.  Schools in Oklahoma City, as well as the rest of the state, are facing massive budget cuts.  As a direct result of these cuts, Cleveland Elementary school in Oklahoma City has had a reduction in "specials" teachers (Visual Arts, Music, Violin, and P.E.) for the 2016/2017 school year.   The school will now only be able to offer Music (without Violin) and P.E.  As a long-standing A+ school, visual arts integration has been a vital and enormously beneficial part of Cleveland's curriculum. We are determined to try and salvage as much of the program as possible, but we can only do so if we raise enough funds.

We, the parents of Cleveland students, are reaching out to you, our friends, family, neighbors, community leaders, and all who see this message, to help us raise $45,000.   With your help we can ensure that our children continue to have access to the arts enrichment necessary for the quality education that they all deserve.

The arts are an integral part of a successful, well-rounded education.  Study after study has proven that skills and expressive abilities learned in visual arts classes lead to improved academic performance in all other subjects.  Arts education is fundamental for our student's development of creativity, innovation, collaboration, accountability, confidence, and visual-special and fine motor skills.  The loss of an art program in our school would have long-term impacts that will surely reach every student, every teacher, every staff member, every parent. YOU can help us avoid this.

There are many other schools in Oklahoma being affected in exactly the same manner, and often much worse. It is our hope that a successful campaign will help us send a message to our legislature: Oklahoma cares deeply about education; not only for the sake of our own children, but for all, and for the future of our great state.  The current budget crisis and public education funding cuts are a complex and dire problem.  We must all come together and make it our top priority to provide children with the best education possible.  

Your donation is fully tax deductible and will go to our account, specifically designated for Cleveland Elementary Arts Enrichment, with the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools.  The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  The Foundation's express mission is to advance excellence, create champions, and build strong community support for lasting change in Oklahoma City public schools.  

Any donation, big or small, will help us achieve these goals.  Thank you so very much for your support for our children and for arts education!


Sincerely,

The Parents of Cleveland Elementary
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Because of the generosity of donors like you and our amazing partnership with the Arts Council OKC, we are proud that all Cleveland students will receive weekly visual arts instruction.

Private donors raised more than $10,000 to serve students and the Arts Council OKC’s All Access Arts program is doubling our funds AND paying for all needed art supplies.

In partnership with the Arts Council OKC, Principal Stafford has selected an experienced Teaching Artist, who will lead visual arts lesson 5 days a week in the mornings. Each Cleveland student will have visual art each week, including our off-site PreK students!

Ms. Haden graduated in 2016 from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BFA. Her area of focus is printmaking. Her work has been exhibited in Momentum OKC 2015, 420 Art Studios in Norman, OK, and other venues.

She is a seasoned teaching artist with Arts Council Oklahoma City since 2013, serving at Lee Elementary, in the STEAM program at F.D. Moon Elementary and Eugene Field Elementary, and in several city recreation centers. Kristina has a passion for arts education, and hopes to foster a lifelong appreciation for the arts in her classes. Welcome Ms. Haden!

Thank you for your support for our students. We are now working toward our $20,000 goal so that we can provide for next school year’s visual art program. We want to be prepared. With more time and your help we can keep our school enriched with fine art!
Welcome to the Bulldog Family, Ms. Haden
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EXCITING NEWS! Cleveland Elementary will partner with the Arts Council of Oklahoma City to keep our visual arts program for the 2016/2017 school year!

By working with the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, we will be able to bring in a teaching artist that will provide visual arts instruction to the students at Cleveland. Additionally, the Arts Council will MATCH our donations AND provide art supplies!

This significantly reduces the amount of funds that we need to raise (from $45,000 to $20,000) and ensures that our students continue to receive valuable visual arts programming.

Please help us take advantage of this incredible community support by donating today!
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Last week, Cleveland Elementary parent and documentarian Christopher Hunt met with a small group of students to discover their feelings and ideas about the school’s art program, and what Art means to them, in their own words. They explained it much better than we ever could.

Cleveland Elementary is a wonderful school. We couldn’t be more proud of its work in developing a strong, vibrant arts program, and our hope is that, someday, ALL schools can benefit from programs that emphasize the importance of arts integration. Art MATTERS, and you don’t have to look far to find out why.
"Art just makes me...me!"
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Cleveland parents joined over 1,000 art supporters for Oklahoma Arts Day at the state capitol building today. Armed with letters to legislators written by the students, we helped advocate for arts education and funding.

Art matters. If you don't believe us, just look at the notes the kids wrote in effort to save their program.
Saddest bulldog ever.
Thanks for the support, Rep. Dunnington!
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Diana Montgomery Booher
22 months ago

We very much support this effort! I do have a question that others may be asking, perhaps someone can answer here. What happens to the funds raised the the total goal is not reached? Is there a contingency plan for funding of a partial art program? Just wondering how that would work. Thanks for the info, and thanks for undertaking this effort!

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$6,150 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 22 months
Created April 22, 2016
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Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation, Inc. (The Foundation...
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Diana Montgomery Booher
22 months ago

We very much support this effort! I do have a question that others may be asking, perhaps someone can answer here. What happens to the funds raised the the total goal is not reached? Is there a contingency plan for funding of a partial art program? Just wondering how that would work. Thanks for the info, and thanks for undertaking this effort!

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