We all would love for more people to know about what our kiddo's are doing in our art rooms.
But we are also busy people.
It is the time of year when I am re-writing our Spotlight on Art master calendar and I just HAVE to share this awesome advocacy piece. At our summer art workshop a few years ago we were discussing how we could get more artwork out into the community. We discussed billboards, traveling art exhibits, art websites and "something in the newspaper."
We worked through a few ideas but quickly realized they were very time consuming or limiting in their ability to share what our kids are creating.
HOWEVER we did find one BIG WINNER!
"SPOTLIGHT ON ART"
Our local paper The Norfolk Daily News has been running Spotlight on Art weekly for two years. It is awesome. Every school in Norfolk (pop. 24,000) is assigned a few weeks of the year. The art teacher from each school is required to send their art images to the City Page Editor along with a short blurb about what the lesson was. The newspaper then runs a COLOR image with the write up... for FREE!
Here are a few of my middle school images...
I am so proud (lucky) to be a part of our community.
As art teachers we came up with the idea and thought "why not ask?" It is now a favorite highlight of the paper. It takes a few minutes every few months to send in your images and all the readers love to see it.