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Children's Art Network, Inc.

Staunton, VA

www.childrensartnetwork.com/new

Amount Requested: $6,000 for the Traveling Studio Program

Mission: Our mission statement is:  The Children’s Art Network is a non-profit organization delivering engaging art experiences to Children in the Shenandoah Valley.

Constituents Served: Any public or private elementary school, or home schooling programs, located in Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County or Bath County are eligible to enroll in our programs as long as they have 10 students.  For the 2014-2015 school year, 3,995 elementary school students between the ages of 5 and 11 from 227 classes participated in the Traveling Studio Programs from Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta and Bath Counties.

Program Overview: The Children’s Art Network, founded in March 1993 when the arts were drastically cut in funding from school budgets, fills an extraordinary need for our children to experience how creativity and “right brain thinking” have an impact on all areas of learning.  We bring art and cultural opportunities that support the VA Standards of Learning in Art, History, Geography and Language Arts to elementary school aged children. Through the Traveling Studio, we take our programs directly to the students’ classrooms. We charge just $5.00 per student for our programs, even though the cost per student is over $10.00.  Our programs are hands on, innovative, visual learning experiences.  They are not intended to replace in-class curriculum, but rather to enhance them. Three parent volunteers are required for each class, which gets the parent involved in what the child is learning.  Teacher surveys, which were given to each teacher after a program was presented to their class, proved that these programs are well received by students, teachers and parents alike. 98% of teachers who completed the survey gave the Traveling Studio Programs an EXCELLENT rating in the 2014-2015 school year.

Children’s Art Network is seeking funding to continue its practice of providing its programs at a reduced cost for students: from $5.00 to $4.00 for 6,000 local children.  An increase in price in 2004-2005 from $3.00 to $5.00 proved to be a hardship for schools participating in our programs. Many had to decrease the number of programs they enrolled in, or worse yet, could not participate at all.  State funding cuts in education in the past few years, the elimination of the Virginia Commission of the Arts Teacher Incentive grants in 2008, which was a major source of funding for the Programs for local teachers and the state of our economy are making the cut in price even more important to these local students and schools.

Programs include Bookmaking, Color It Windy, The Art and Culture of Ancient China, The Art and Culture of Ancient Egypt, The Art and Culture of Ancient Greece, Roman Holiday, The Mystique of Mali, Home Sweet Home:  Animals and Habitats of Virginia, Inuits to Incas—but Mostly the Maya, Art for the Gifted and Talented Students, The Underground Railroad, Children’s Art Network Gallery, Art in Bloom, and much more.

Current Operating Budget: $56,010