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Children's Art Network

Mission: The mission of the Children’s Art Network (CAN) is to deliver engaging art experiences to children in the Shenandoah Valley.

Community Need: The reduced amount of time allowed for the arts, the pressure is being put on students to perform well on the SOLs, along with state funding cuts in education over the past few years, makes it more difficult to include the arts to children in the Shenandoah Valley.  The goal of the CAN programs are to offer more hands on learning experiences, give children more experience with art and art mediums while supporting the SOLs.  Teachers agree that CAN’s programs help their students score better on the tests, which is a benefit to the schools, students, and communities.  A decline in price for the CAN programs benefits school budgets and families who often pay the fee.  There are over 7,000 students registered in area schools from Pre-K through fifth grade who are eligible for their programs.

Primary Activities: The CAN provides a Traveling Studio programs for elementary students in the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and Augusta and Bath County.  They are hands on, interactive, visual learning experiences.  The programs align with the SOL in history, math, language arts, science and art. They are not intended to replace regular in-class curriculum but rather to enhance the information they have learned in their classrooms. Each program has a lesson plan to introduce the subject of the day for 25 minutes.  During the rest of the program, students create three works of art that support more information on the subject they are learning about. The programs give the students a chance to be creative by working on art projects while also supporting what they have learned in their very own classrooms. They give students more time to explore the visual arts. There are 10 Interactive Traveling Studio programs offered by grade level: Bookmaking (K); Color it Windy (1st); Native Americans (2nd); four programs on the Art and Culture of Ancient China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome (3rd); the Mystique of Mali (3rd); Home Sweet Home (4th); Inuits to Incas (5th); and a program for Gifted and Talented Art students.

Constituents Served: Any elementary school, public, private or home schooled student in the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and Augusta and Bath County are eligible to enroll in their programs as long as they have 10 students.  The group must be able to provide a space where the programs may be presented as they travel to them.  For the 2016-2017 school year, 3,490 students aged 5-11 participated There were 324 students from Bath County and 3,166 from Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County.

Program Details: Reducing the fee that thousands of local students’ pay from $6.00 per student to $5.00 would make the programs more affordable, particularly to those students (more than 50%)  of their receiving free and reduced lunches and breakfast. All funds would be allocated to reducing the program fee benefiting the students directly.  Having a reduced fee will also allow the CAN to retain student participation.

Amount Requested: $6,000

Operating Budget: $54,805

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