A grant for $12,500 was made to support the Alabama Bicentennial Youth Art Initiative. This program is designed to connect with the Alabama Bicentennial Celebration. Through the program, teachers will participate in professional development workshops. The classroom lessons they learn are designed to engage 5th, 6th, and 7th graders in a sequential process of visual art making, sharing and exhibiting. The themes of the student work will match the state bicentennial themes of place, people and stories. Teachers will receive training on the art project and all the supplies needed to implement it in their school. Projects range from creating trading cards with the students art work that can then be shared among students across the state, creating portraits of people in Alabama, and 3D pop up scenes that will tell stories from around the state.
The Alabama Alliance for Arts Education provides quality arts education programming opportunities for teachers, artists, and arts educators. Their primary mission is to ensure that all Alabamians, particularly students, have equal opportunities to discover and develop their talents through arts education programs. With so many schools in our state lacking arts programming and art teachers, they have relied upon a model of training and equipping any teacher to incorporate art into the classroom and other subjects.