Edmond Public Schools
The 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
Visual arts stimulate problem solving, communication, and innovation, often helping children say what cannot be said. With funding from two impressive national foundations, the Fine Arts Institute is able to place our art instructors in this outstanding foster care facility. Art teachers work weekly with the children on creativity and self-expression through art.
Art in Schools Program, a partnership with Edmond Public Schools
With the goal of providing cultural enrichment for the Edmond community, the Fine Arts Institute looks upon art as part of a well-rounded education. In September 2018, FAI began it’s 19th year of the Art in Schools program extending the reach of art instruction to 3rd and 4th graders in twelve elementary schools. Throughout the school year, weekly 45 minute art education classes are taught by FAI faculty members at participating sites. This innovative collaboration reaches over 3,000 students each week with creative, hands-on art education.
Research shows that children who 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 Oklahoma visual art standards. Art projects are designed to allow children to see their subject from a different viewpoint, expand the ways in which they absorb information, and express their understanding creatively.
The following elementary schools are currently benefiting from this partnership:
- 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 include: 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 including: Edmond Public Schools, the Rotary Club of Edmond, the Oklahoma Arts Council, plus multiple local businesses and individual support.
Coffee & Creativity – a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association
Adults with early to middle stages of dementia engage in a special class led by art instructors 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.