NAMTA Members Support The Arts

Why Art Matters

In June, ACTÍVA Products, Inc. and the Michelson Museum of Art collaborated to bring free art education summer camp classes to children in the Marshall, Texas area.

Local artist Audrey Lozano taught students in Grades 1-3 how to make simple sculptures, masks, and sand art; introducing them to art materials many had not used before. Creativity blossomed as the children discovered innovative ways of using colored sand, plaster cloth, and air-dry clay to make beautiful works of art. 

ACTÍVA says they are proud to sponsor art education and advocacy efforts.

Also at Sculpture House, Mr. Barrie and Louise Deck, Operations Administrator, have been supporting and advocating for traditional Native American arts stone sculpture ever since they were contacted in 2016 by Brendon Albers of First People Fund. Mr. Albers requested sculpting stone for his high school, so he could teach the students native stone sculpture techniques, giving them ties to their past and hope for their future. The response has been overwhelming and delightful. Sculpture House has since shipped over 3,000 pounds of alabaster, soapstone and tools to the Lakota Eagle Butte High School in South Dakota, along with ceramic clay and tools to the art department at the high school to encourage the art of ceramics. 

Bruner and Louise said the smiles and success of the students involved is the most gratifying feeling! 

Jessica Dumitru, owner of Art Creations, hosted The Artist Seven (Eric Finley) and the Burnin' Bridges Street Festival at her store in Chattanooga, Tennessee this past June. Seven, and three fellow urban artists, painted the back parking lot walls - making the store's location a destination to view local street art. 

Seven obtained a grant through ArtsBuild, a local non-profit, and Art Creations sponsored the event by providing the space for the murals and by donating cans of Montana spray paint to the artists.  

Jessica said, "We are very proud of the artist's work and love supporting our local urban artists!"    

Each Summer, the Strathmore Artist Paper Create More, Share More program selects a few local art-related events to give away free art materials and a pad to each person that stops by the Strathmore table. The goal is to bring more art to their local community, inspire more people to get their creative juices flowing, and encourage people to share the gift of their art or art materials, and just do a random act of kindness.

Strathmore hopes to inspire random acts of artistic kindness in the community by giving the gift of your art or art materials to someone who would appreciate it, and they encourage people to tell them about what they made with their art supplies or who they shared them with using #CreateMoreShareMore!

Watch video from last year's Create More, Share More event. 

In March, Tombow USA and Art Supply Warehouse collaborated to bring free art education and demos to the general public in California at the third annual Arty Gras Event.

Tombow's Alana Yarbrough taught live demonstrations, and free interactive handlettering and watercolor demonstrations to the many attendees that visited their booth. Alana creates beautiful hand lettered notes of encouragement & hope in her free time, and was happy to show that anyone with enough practice and patience can create beautiful hand-lettering, and experience the joy of creating beautiful hand-lettered works of art should be shared with all.

Gallery On The Go recently supported Youth Art Month in March with an Emoji Painting Party and donated $1 for every Emoji painting to DonorsChoose.org to buy art supplies for schools in need. They did a similar promotion last year and raised $500 allowing them to fund 5 classroom requests!

Founded in 2000 by a high school teacher in the Bronx, NY, DonorsChoose.org empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students.

The Prang Power Program empowers Educators by giving them free tools for the classroom.

Any educational institution can join and have their own account, including public and private schools, preschools, day cares, youth organizations, entire districts, school sites, and individual classroom teachers. 

Earn points by turning in the UPC Codes from any Dixon, Ticonderoga, Prang, or DAS products and use them for valuable everyday school and art supplies for free.

Freudenthal Sales Group's Joyce McBriarty's daughter Erin (below) earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by coming up with a way to help families in her community by creating Project ArtBox, an idea to build an art 'library' and have an actual ArtBox containing supplies to benefit children and their families being treated at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, many of them staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

Erin has a goal that experiencing art will be a creative release for the children and families to de-stress during a very time of their lives.
See Erin's Presentation

The Royal Talens Foundation, founded in 2015 by the Dutch company Royal Talens, believes that creative expression is essential for the development of every human being, and because of this it will contribute towards a better world, developing and supporting projects and initiatives worldwide that encourage people to never stop drawing and painting.

In April 2017, in a partnership with IMBS Zimbabwe, the Royal Talens Foundation will bring Art Up Zimbabwe, an art week with emphasis on encouraging Zimbabwean youth to explore and follow their dreams.

The main attraction of the week will be the making of a 700 m2 MURAL. Together with the graffiti artist duo Karsky & Beyond (Amsterdam), around 200 children will capture their dreams on a wall, and with the mural their artistic expression will become an inspiration for hundreds and thousands of community members in days to come.

Last year, Golden Artist Colors partnered with the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services to offer a professional painting instruction course, the Master Teacher Program, for art teachers within the BOCES district. The program began in August and concluded in late October 2016 and it focused on helping teachers explore a range of painting media and techniques to reinforce or establish their individual voices.

Mark Golden, chief executive officer and founder of Golden Artist Colors, said the first Master Teacher Program was a “great success” and he expressed gratitude to DCMO BOCES for its support.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate with an art opening for these incredible local art teachers,” Golden said in the release.

Click here to read about one art teachers experience as a participant in the Masters Teacher Program.

  

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