Bring Art Education to Olympia Schools

What if we had an accessible, affordable teaching artist residency program to revitalize arts education in our school district?

Art Beat Olympia  is bringing art to the elementary schools of OPS through teaching artist residencies.

For the pilot year of 2019-2020, Art Beat Olympia will be at Roosevelt Elementary, a Title 1 school, providing art instruction to all classes and grade levels once a month, for the entire school year. Art Lessons will be 1-hour projects designed to develop fundamental art skills; creative and critical thinking; and foster perseverance. Lessons are based on Washington State Art Standards.  Art materials will also be provided so classroom teachers can continue art-making on their own. 

Upon completion of this pilot year, Art Beat Olympia will expand the program by partnering with Olympia Public Schools into additional Title 1 schools. The goal is, in 5 years, ALL elementary schools in Olympia will receive art education.

Why do students need art education?

The power of the art education is well known. Low income students who receive art education are two times likely to graduate college; have a five times lower dropout rate, and score 100 points higher on the SAT. Despite the benefits of art education, art access varies across Washington state because of economic limitations and disparity of priorities. According to Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, ⅓ of elementary students in the state receive less than an hour of art instruction per week. 

Olympia Public Schools (OPS) falls within that ⅓. OPS offers art enhancement to select classes through a volunteer docent program. These small steps do not provide an equitable opportunity for ALL students to receive visual art instruction. Access to the docent program is dependent on limited resources in the district. The result is inequitable visual art education in Olympia Public Schools.

Who is Art Beat Olympia?

Art Beat Olympia is Yvonne Kunz and Trixy Eichler: two awesome artists/educators on a mission to bring art education to Olympia, Wa. Yvonne Kunz  is an artist and elementary art teacher. She holds a Master’s in Education and specializes in art integration. Trixy is a business woman, an artist, and a TATLab graduate -- a 7-month program for teaching artists developed by the Washington State Arts Commission and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

How can you help?

The entire cost for the 2019-2020 residency is $14,200: $12,800 for the teaching artist fee; $1,200 for supplies. Roosevelt PTA has supplied $3000 and the administration gave $1200.  We need your help for the additional $10,000!

Our goal is to raise the remaining $10,000 by the end of September, 2019, just in time for the first art classes to begin.

will provide supplies for one classroom to complete 2 art projects.

$50 will provide one hour of instruction by teaching artist, Trixy Eichler.

$100 will provide art supplies for an entire grade level to complete 2 art projects.

$250 will provide 2 days of instruction and supplies for the classroom use art supply bins.

$400 will provide one week of instruction by teaching artist, Trixy Eichler.

$1000 will provide art supplies for most of the pilot school, 19 K-5 classrooms, for the 2019-2020 school year.

$1600 will provide one month of instruction by teaching artist, Trixy Eichler.


Thank you for donating!

JULY REWARD: All donors who contribute $100 or more in the month of July will be entered into a drawing for a 2-hour paddle board lesson and rental for two from West Bay Paddle Boards ! (Thank you Chris and Jackie!) (Non-local winners will receive an original work of art by Yvonne or Trixy in lieu of paddle board lesson.)

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  • Danielle Gahl 
    • $40 
    • 6 mos
  • Petra and Tim Ritchie 
    • $50 
    • 6 mos
  • Nathan Horter  
    • $250 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 7 mos
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Fundraising team: Art Beat Olympia (4)

Yvonne Kunz 
Olympia, WA
Mathias Eichler 
Trixy Eichler 
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