Edmond Public Schools
Art in Schools Program provides over 3,000 3rd and 4th graders with 45 minute hands on art education classes each week at twelve Edmond elementary schools.
City of Edmond Juvenile Court
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond Public Schools
A Partnership between The Fine Arts Institute & the Edmond Public Schools. With the goal of providing cultural enrichment for the Edmond community, the Fine Arts Institute looks upon art as a part of a well-rounded education. In September, 2019 the FAI began it’s 19th year of the Art in Schools program which extends the reach of art instruction to the 3rd and 4th grades, taught by faculty members from the Fine Arts Institute. With funds from the Edmond Public Schools, the Rotary Club of Edmond, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and individual support. This innovative program allows FAI teachers to reach 3000 3rd & 4th graders each week with hands-on art instruction at twelve elementary schools. With the inclusion of art in these students’ curriculum, test scores have improved.
- Ida Freeman
- Orvis Risner
- Northern Hills
- Will Rogers
- Charles Haskell
- John Ross
- Angie Debo
- Washington Irving
- West Field
- Russell Doughty
- Frontier Elementary
Fine Arts Institute faculty members included are: Jen Hustis, Mandy Steward, Jackie Nelson, Erin Lathum, Angie Myers, Nikki Miesse and Tamara Arnoldy. The Art in Schools program is made possible by public and private funding. The Fine Arts Institute is Edmond’s non-profit community arts organization offering educational enrichment to youth and adults in the visual and performing arts.
Coffee & Creativity – a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association
Adults with dementia engage in a special class led by art therapists while caregivers relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.
- First Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted)
- 10:00-11:30 am
- There is no charge, but please contact the FAI to reserve a space at (405) 340-4481.
“Coffee & Creativity” is designed for people with early to middles stages of dementia helping them connect with memories through the creation of original artwork. This program, under the guidance of an art therapist, offers individuals a means of self-expression through the process of painting and drawing. People with diminished verbal and organizational skills can communicate using a variety of art mediums to recreate a memory or an idea on paper and canvas.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal brain disorder. More than 74,000 Oklahoman’s now have Alzheimer’s and that number is increasing in epidemic proportions. The disease destroys brain cells causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The disease process starts in parts of the brain which lay down new memories, or short-term memory. The parietal lobe, the center of creativity, is the last part of the brain to be affected. Previous information is still there for the Alzheimer’s person. Art offers a new pathway to old information.