Edmond Public Schools
Art in Schools Program reaches over 2500 3rd and 4th graders for 45 minutes each week at eight Edmond elementary schools. Art test results have improved dramatically.
City of Edmond Juvenile Court
Your Creative Side is an art based delinquency prevention program for teens. It offers art classes which encourage independent expression and hands-on experiences taught by Fine Arts Institute professional artists.
University of Central Oklahoma
A partnership with the College of Arts, Media and Design provides assistance with curriculum, faculty and interns.
With funding from two impressive national foundations, the FAI is able to place our art therapist in this outstanding facility. She works with the residents on creativity and self expression through art.
Coffee and Creativity is an art therapy session offered to individuals with dementia. Classes provide a means of self expression through painting, drawing, and a variety of art mediums.
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, 2017 the FAI began it’s 17th 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 2500 3rd & 4th graders each week with hands-on art instruction at eleven elementary schools. With the inclusion of art in these students’ curriculum, test scores have improved.
Research has shown that children, who can express themselves artistically, will dramatically improve their skills of observation and retention along with their overall performance. Art in the Schools introduces art education that connects the students’ current curriculum with the Oklahoma visual art standards. Art projects are designed to allow children to see their subject from a different viewpoint, to expand the ways in which they absorb information and express their understanding of their education in a vibrant way. Children in 3rd and 4th grades at the following elementary schools are benefiting from this partnership.
- Ida Freeman
- Orvis Risner
- Northern Hills
- Will Rogers
- Charles Haskell
- John Ross
- Angie Debo
- Washington Irving
- West Field
- Russell Doughty
Fine Arts Institute faculty members included are: Jen Hustis, Mandy Steward, Jackie Nelson, Erin Lathum, Angie Myers 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.
Adults with dementia engage in a special class led by art therapists while caregivers relax over coffee provided by Edmond’s Cafe Evoke.
- 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.
“Drawing on Memories” 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 Oklahomans 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.
Men and women who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia are eligible for this free program. Previous painting a drawing experience is not necessary but monthly registration is required.