Teton Valley Education Foundation Receives Funding for 2015-2015 ArtReach Program

October 30, 2015

The Karl M. Johnson Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation and the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation Team Up to Support

Elementary Art Education in Teton Valley

The Teton Valley Education Foundation has received grant contributions from the Karl M. Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Bank Foundation and the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation to fully support its 2015-2016 ArtReach program for K-5 students.

ArtReach provides each K-5 classroom with one hour of quality art enrichment a month and benefits over 855 students. ArtReach has been in existence in the Teton Valley since September of 2012. The program provides a credentialed art specialist coming to each of the district’s four elementary schools and instructing a 45- or 60-minute art lesson. Students are introduced to specific art materials and the techniques employed to use them skillfully.  Each lesson is designed to organize and develop artistic ideas by exploring historical/cultural context, media modalities, and the freedom to express personal preferences. The driving belief for this program is that creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.

Deirdre Morris, ArtReach coordinator, explained that “elementary art education is critical because of the intense cognitive and personal development at that age. Children have innate creativity that, if not supported, will soon wither.  By supporting, encouraging, and most importantly, facilitating the creative process, children retain the confidence to keep trying when confronted by challenge.  At the most basic and essential level, children experience wholehearted joy in doing what they love best: imagining and creating.”  

“We are truly grateful to our friends at the Karl M. Johnson Foundation, the US Bank Foundation and the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation for supporting this important program,” said Pam Walker, Executive Director of the Teton Valley Education Foundation. “It is only through the generosity of these partners that we are able to provide this important program to our elementary schools.”

The Teton Valley Education Foundation works to enhance the educational experiences for students and increases opportunities for academic excellence in Teton County public schools.  For more information on the Teton Valley Education Foundation, please visit www.tetoneducation.com or call 307-277-5093.