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Dick Blick Presents: Art Room Aid

Looking for ways to get art supplies for your classroom? Our friends at Dick Blick want to help!

Art Room Aid is an online marketplace where teachers and other people engaged in arts-related programming can reach out for support in the form of art supplies.

Art Room Aid was created in 2009 as an extension of the Wish Lists functionality on the Blick website. We established Art Room Aid because changes in the economy and education funding have created new challenges for teachers — especially those in the arts who need supplies to run their programs. While Art Room Aid is not limited to use by teachers and other educators, this cause remains at its heart.

Read more after the jump!Although it remains tightly related to Blick’s website, Art Room Aid is now a separate program with its own website, featuring tools designed specifically to help teachers and other arts educators and project leaders share their stories and request contributions. The advantages of the program’s affiliation with the Blick website are access to our huge assortment of art materials and, more importantly, to our customer base. Local Art Room Aid projects are featured on the Blick website to encourage our customers to give as they’re making their own purchases.

For the past century, Blick has been a consistent supporter of art education. We believe that art is a critical part of a child’s education, as it helps children to develop essential skills while nurturing lifelong creativity. We recognize that Art Room Aid could not exist without the dedicated professionals who dream up projects and lessons, as well as the sponsors who have already given thousands of dollars worth of art supplies.

We welcome you to be a part of Art Room Aid. If you need supplies for your project, create a profile. We’re inspired by you, and our customers will be too! If you have a little extra to give and feel that art education is something worth supporting, please make a contribution now. Your sponsorship can make an incredible difference.

Thank you for your passion and willingness to help art education thrive.

Learn more about Art Room Aid. Want to donate to a project? We have one listed to support our work with 9 elementary school campuses and appreciate your support!

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.