ART IN COMMUNITY

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My passion for art reaches beyond the design studio. As an arts education advocate dedicated to strengthening communities, I’ve founded programs that inspire students to find their voice and spark through art.

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In 2010, I developed Art Outreach in Culver City elementary schools where no prior school-wide visual arts program existed. In addition to providing classes taught by local artists and organizing Community Arts Days, this program fundraised for credentialed art teachers and quality art supplies.

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In 2015, I co-created Planting Wonder, a K-5 enrichment program serving students, parents and educators in low income/high poverty communities of Los Angeles. This program offered school-year and summer enrichment in art, literacy, and STEM.

The Planting Wonder enrichment program has been transformational in evoking creativity and caring at our school

Dr. Akida Kissing-Long, Principal, Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School