YAM Recipe of the Month
FAEA presents a diverse collection of successful member "recipes" of interesting and engaging ideas to celebrate Youth Art Month at your school!
YAM Recipe of the Month by Ashley Monks
Now more than ever we are thinking about the next fundraising event that will keep our programs afloat. With the new way of school environments across America, most likely our art shows and fundraising events have been postponed or canceled. I hope that I can give you some insight into some extra funding ideas for your classroom.
I heard about this company in 2015 when I started at my Title 1 school. I needed extra funds to build my program. In 2000, Donors Choose was actually created by a history teacher and his friends thinking that if they shared their projects with the community, they would be able to purchase more for their students to experience besides just out of their own pockets. My first project was funded within a few months. Each project takes time and advertising on any social media sites in order to find donors. Sharing your projects on Twitter and Facebook brings the most support for your projects because they are the most used sites. At times, when no one is donating, I will often times donate towards my project. This brings your project to the top of the list. Donors Choose has corporate sponsors that often times match offers. This is when I will heavily advertise on my social media platforms. I have also asked my principal to fund match offers too! Don’t get discouraged, I have created over 20 projects and half of them have been funded. So, don’t get discouraged when your projects run out of time. Just make a new one!
Artsonia is a wonderful online portfolio system that teachers can use for their students to upload their artwork. Family and friends have the option to create gifts with student artwork on the keepsakes. 20% of purchases go back to the classroom. This is one way you can have a virtual art show and fundraiser at the same time. Try it out!
Remember, you are a walking example of an amazing educator from your district. I try to radiate positivity and accept help whenever it is offered. You are your own platform for your classroom. Look into your local Arts Councils and Education Foundations for help with funds for your classroom. Particular local sponsors continuously donate towards outstanding projects, so make sure to promote your project using social media and tagging those sponsors to your classroom anytime you get the chance with a hashtag like @TamiCarolInsurance, who is a huge local sponsor in Martin County.
Grants are available through many different agencies and organizations, you just need to seek out the ones that are attainable. Grants usually are available until funds run out. You might be asking yourself where you should look. Well, everywhere honestly. Places to look are local museums and galleries that are supplemented through philanthropies and larger grants through the state. Follow other educators who are often applying for grants for their schools on social media. Thankamericasteacher.com through Farmers Insurance were sponsoring a grant partnership. I heard about the opportunity, applied, was voted on, and won! You just never know unless you try. The grant is no longer running, but was an experiential opportunity, which opened up other doors. So apply, apply, and apply again!
Funding is out there for your classroom. I have learned to apply for funding before making any large purchases. Target and small sales still grab my attention, but larger project items I wait for a grant or a project to come through. You never know what will happen if you don’t go for it!
Good luck ~ Ashley
YAM Recipe of the Month by Christy Garton
The Banner Project is a collaboration between the City of Orlando and Orange County Public Schools. School art programs were provided one recycled, vinyl banner leftover from previous downtown events and asked to create a work of art inspired by a master artist. Each banner was hand-painted by art students and then sealed with a protectant to help preserve the work while exposed to the elements. This guidebook provides pictures of both sides of each banner as well as a bit of information about the artists who influenced the work of the students. All banners can be viewed during the month of March in celebration of Arts in Our Schools Month.