While clicking myself through the web I stumbled upon an interesting article: “It’s not easy being an art teacher in Texas: Cuts always loom and cardboard is your canvass.” The article introduces us to Michael Healey, a Texas arts teacher who has been teaching for the past 10 years. Healey doesn’t think arts education is in crisis yet, but that it could easily get there is we don’t continue to press our legislators.
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Part of the problem is that high schoolers only need one fine arts credit to graduate. Students will take the lower division art 101 class, leaving upper division classes vulnerable to cuts. Healey makes a good point, many times the majority of the budget for arts programs are spent on disposable items, such as craft supplies. If more of the budget was put into reusable items, such as costumes and instruments, we could really start to diversify our arts programing throughout the state.
Now this wouldn’t mean cutting back on art specific classes (drawing, painting) Healy notes that craft supplies can often be donated by local organizations, and through websites such as Donors Choose. Here teachers can post their classroom needs and inspired donors from around the country can help these classrooms reach their needs. 65% of the projects have been completed to date!
Check out Donors Choose and see what classrooms in Texas are in need! Also, check out TAPs Wish List for the school year.
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