My Navajo students are in dire need of a drying rack. We need it to dry paintings. This art program is new. These students are poor and many live in crowded substandard housing without running water. Additionally, the area is located in a 'food desert' with lack of proper shops with healthy food choices. Many families may face poverty, historical trauma, unstable housing, high unemployment, low-wages, diabetes, domestic violence, gangs, substance abuse, lack of local goods and services due to the location and more. The Navajo people value the visual arts and these students are hungry for Art Education. Decision makers may or may not understand the amount of money needed to kick-start a basic art program. A drying rack is very expensive and yet necessary to organize the nearly 150 pieces of art I might see in one day's time.
My project is to build a basic art program. Students need exposure to a wide variety of wet projects on paper such as ink, watercolors, tempera paint, pen and ink, crayon resist, printmaking and more. I need a large drying rack for student work that is drying. This would allow me to use larger paper. I see a large number of students every day. Having a way to organize wet work is vital. Putting work on the floor, on strings, or in the hallways to dry is a fire and tripping hazard. Please support the purchase of this basic tool for the k-8 new visual arts program.
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