Art in the Schools
Connecting People with Art that Inspires, Challenges, Enlightens and Educates
The IMA and the San Juan Island School District (SJISD) have partnered since 2010 to build a community based program to provide art education for our youth. We are working together toward a common goal: To establish and sustain a visual arts education program of excellence, ensuring that every school-aged child, regardless of economic means and developmental ability, benefits from art instruction as an integral part of their basic public school education.
Our project has three basic components:
The Art in the Schools project is supported by the IMA through donations and grants. We wish to thank the following organizations for their generous support:
Washington State Arts Commission
San Juan Community Foundation
The Women's Fund of the SJICF
San Juan Public Schools Foundation
Private donors – like you!
On-going research on the arts and cognition demonstrates a correlation between training in the arts and improved academic performance, which emphasizes the importance of the arts as core discipline and provides solid reasons for the College Board to become a strong advocate for the arts becoming an integral part of the core curriculum.
-National Task Force on Arts in Education College Board report, 2009.
U. S. World and News Report ranks Friday Harbor High School #9 out of 626 high schools in the state of Washington, winning its highest gold ranking. Those award winning high school students have created their Eclipse....Fine Arts and Literary Magazine which highlights some of the student art produced in Andy Anderson's art classes, as well as literary works composed in English classes through the efforts of teachers, Amy Harold, Susie Hale and Tami Sindelman. Yearbook students, under the direction of teacher Barbara Ray, collected, selected and published student work to recognize "the arts." Because of the contributions of the IMA organization to the San Juan Island School District, arts education flourishes. A copy of the 32 page Eclipse may be obtained for a suggested donation of $10 to Friday Harbor High School Yearbook Class. Contact Barbara Ray at 360-378-2519 or bray98250@gmail for more information.