COVID 19 has really impacted Jacksonville students, particularly the arts programs. The Art Center cooperative has contacted a number of schools to see how we can help. We immediately heard back from a number of art teachers, desperate for art supplies for the new school year. The virus has impacted them is a number of ways:
- Kids aren’t allowed to share art supplies anymore. Classroom supplies were built on the concept of sharing and there are not enough materials to go around.
- The school supply list sent out included a lot of virus protection materials, but limited art supplies. Costs for the new supplies puts a burden on families already financially impacted by the pandemic.
- Recommendation is that school free time is spent outdoors, however kids are not allowed to congregate or play together. Teachers have found that outdoor art projects is a good way to keep the kids occupied and provide a creative outlet.
The 25 members of The Art Center felt there was something we could do. We’ve collected donations and materials that will be able to help three schools, but we know this is a need throughout Duval County. We’re hoping that through this fundraiser effort we’ll be able to supply 250 students in Duval county with their art supply needs. A typical student needs a minimum of $20 in art supplies.