Tuition-Free art program
Organized by: Ashleigh Powell
Three years ago, I had health issues that made me have to move back home. I had to leave my children in Pittsburgh (a little over an hour away) because my oldest attends a science and technology academy offered through Pittsburgh Public Schools, and my youngest wants to attend the art school. They are fortunate to have the opportunity to attend those types of schools tuition-free. I couldn't take them away from that. There is so much untapped potential in this area, but lack of resources and financial difficulties make it next to impossible. The goal is to start off small. I'd like to do classes and workshops for children, teaching them things such as sewing, woodworking, instruments, photography, painting, drawing, art history, everything and anything in between. Each "class" will have activities, and the children will learn the history, etc. I would also like to bring in people who work in fields related to the topics (for example, a teen class idea I had in mind was to make their own makeup, lotion, nail polish, etc. I have friends who work in salons who can come in and talk a little about beauty school and working in a salon) to show the students that there are many art-related careers they can pursue. My plan is to eventually evolve into a full-blown art center open on weekdays and having Saturday drop-in activities as well as scheduled Saturday classes. The ten-year goal is to open a tuition-free art and science school for children so they can prepare for careers in those areas, since there isn't much in this area that does that. If things go well, we can have a scholarship fund to help students with college. But, right now, we are just focusing on classes. Since we are relying on donations/fundraisers/volunteers, we need all the help we can get. We have a location available, but now we just need to get supplies, tables, etc. We are also organizing a Chinese Auction fundraiser, and need to use some funds to secure a venue. Any little bit counts. $5 is just as appreciated as $500.