Friday Morning Art : A Meaningful Community Service Engagement Project

710 Words Nov 6th, 2016 3 Pages
Saturday Morning Art was a meaningful community service engagement project. The program increased my awareness of some of the needs and issues in my community regarding art programs inside and outside of schools. The project gave me the opportunity to self-reflect and understand that art is not always a common subject in Education.
Saturday Morning Art is located at the University of St. Francis in the downstairs of the Mimi & Ian Rolland Art & Visual Communication Center. The program houses 6 different grade levels where art lessons are taught and prepared by students a part of the School of Creative Arts (SOCA) K-12 Visual Arts Education & Pre-Art Therapy programs. My first connection to the program was through my academic advisor, Jody Nix. Jody is an Assistant Professor, Program Director of Art Education & Pre-Art Therapy, and teaches other art courses at USF. She mentioned she was in need of volunteers on Saturdays and I was adamant on attending.
Art Education is my major and my passion. Saturday Morning Art was a wonderful opportunity that combined something I love with a learning experience. Art, music, and dance are all programs being cut from schools. Thousands of students are left without an art class due to academic subjects with standardized tests. Schools with art programs are proven to have significantly higher GPAs and lower dropout rates. In Fort Wayne, art is an evident is the city culture with murals, sculptures, statues, a museum, architecture, and a…

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