Some twelve years ago, Artsonia was a small art museum with a few hundred pieces of artwork from a handful of schools. Thanks to the dedication of so many art teachers, Artsonia has evolved into something much bigger. With millions of artworks on display and thousands of participating schools, teachers can now use Artsonia as an advocacy tool for the art program not just within their schools, but within their communities, districts and states. We know this type of advocacy is going on around the globe, but we are especially honored when someone takes the time to share a personal story with us. We recently received the below inspiring email from a teacher in Galesburg, IL.
Writing to companies is not my thing, but…
Last spring I found Artsonia and decided to give it a go. This fall I signed up the two schools I teach art at in Galesburg, Illinois. Nielson and King both have a high free & reduced lunch rate and are in a community of parents who love their kids but don’t especially hold the arts in high regard.
We are just getting started with Artsonia. The kids love this. In addition, I want to tell you I have taught in this position for 25 years. I decided to join Artsonia to try to motivate my kids to work harder and care more about their work. In 25 years I have never had a parent request a meeting at Parent\Teacher conferences. This week rocked my world! I received two emails from students’ parents expressing their appreciation for posting their child’s work. This morning I got an email from the administrative assistant to our district’s superintendent. She had gotten an email that her grandson artwork had been posted on Artsonia. She loved the site.
Over this past week it has I began to realize that this was much bigger than just motivating the kids. Artsonia has allowed us to begin to create a community of and about art in our two schools. It is like the Facebook of kid’s visual art.
Thanks for all you do. When I grow up I want to work for Artsonia!
We extend our sincere thanks to Rich for letting us post this and congratulate him on his more than 25 years of dedication to arts education. And yes, Rich, when you grow up…give us a call!