Kids Art is Smart Educational Spotlight
Exhibition featuring the work created by Lincoln Elementary students through the FAC's Kids Art is Smart program.
April 13 - may 26, 2018
Reception: Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
The Firehouse Art Center (FAC) will be showcasing artwork from the creative students at Lincoln Elementary from April 13 through May 26, 2018. The exhibition will exclusively feature projects produced through the Kids Art is Smart program, the FAC’s long-running visual arts education initiative, which is supported by the Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council. The Kids Art is Smart Educational Spotlight will be held in the FAC Gallery and will include a special reception on Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 6 to 8 PM, during which the community is invited to join the FAC in celebrating Norman’s talented young students.
The Kids Art is Smart program began in 2009 through a partnership between the NAC, FAC, and Norman Public Schools. The program places FAC art educators in Norman elementary schools to provide comprehensive visual arts education instruction that connects the students’ current curriculum to the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Fine Arts: Visual Arts guidelines. This instruction challenges children to approach their curriculum from a different viewpoint and to express their understanding of the classroom material in a visual way. The program seeks to dramatically improve these students’ observation skills and their overall educational progress and performance.
At Lincoln Elementary, the Kids Art is Smart program reaches all of the school’s 310 students, including those with special needs, children with developmental disabilities and autism, and students from disadvantaged socioeconomic circumstances. Firehouse instructor Jane Lawson works closely with Lincoln’s faculty and teachers to design projects and lessons that effectively help students connect with their core subjects, while fostering creativity and critical thinking skills.
The Firehouse Art Center is funded in part by select grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council, Allied Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Norman, as well as corporate sponsorships from Republic Bank & Trust and Fowler Automotive. The FAC’s programming would not be possible without the support of individual donors and members.