2015 Picasso Project Recipient, Chester Arthur Elementary School, did not have an art teacher so they created a video to document an arts based project at their school. This video shows the impact of the arts on the students and the school community as it demonstrates the need for arts programs and advocates for funding the arts in public schools. Video created by Christopher Landy.
When children have access to arts in school, they become creative thinkers and better students. Since its inception in 2002, the Picasso Project provided over 34,000 children access to innovative arts projects by providing mini-grants to their schools. The Picasso Project awards grants of up to $5,000 to schools annually to support projects in creative, performing and digital arts. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of arts instruction at under-resourced schools, improve school climate by giving kids an outlet to work together on projects, and spark student interest by integrating arts with core academic subjects. At the same time, students and teachers at Picasso Project schools use their projects to advocate for funding for school arts programs at both the local and state level so future generations of students can express themselves through art at school.
Congratulations to our 2016 Picasso Project Grantees! Click here to see the list of winning schools and what projects they will be working on this year.