About Art in the School
Art in the School is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit art education organization for children. Our mission is to open the doors to learning through the visual arts. We enrich education in New Mexico several ways:
- We teach parent and grandparent volunteers to teach comprehensive art education lessons in their children’s classrooms.
- We provide a free after school art program at Title I elementary schools in Albuquerque.
- We provide professional development for teachers where they learn how to use visual art education to enhance and enrich the curriculum across the board.
Why Art in the School Was Created
Art in the School was founded by art historian Sara Otto-Diniz in 1985 when funding for art education had been eliminated in the public schools. While state legislation in 2003, restored some art funding to New Mexico schools, it still doesn’t provide art education to every child every year. Albuquerque Public Schools, the state’s largest district with over 90,000 students, can only provide art teachers to elementary schools every other year, rotating with a music teacher. Some of Albuquerque’s middle schools do not have an art teacher and cannot offer it as an elective. Districts statewide are challenged to meet all the needs of the students. But schools administrators, parents and children all agree: art is a vital part of quality education. Art in the School exists to help support education in New Mexico by providing quality visual art education.
See what we’ve been up to! Here’s our latest newsletter: Art in the School Fall 2015 Newsletter
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Art in the School Staff
Vaisu Desai Bronk, Executive Director
Board of Directors
Patricia Williams, President Artist, retired elementary teacher, retired art teacher
Nicole Kesel, President-Elect Art educator, artist, arts researcher, historian and philosopher
Lannie Alexander, Immediate Past-President Retired art teacher, artist, animal rights activist
Woody Duncan, Treasurer Retired middle school art teacher, artist
Lezlie Schreiber, Co-secretary Occupational therapist, artist, dancer/dance instructor
Rose Meyer, Co-secretary Retired teacher and instructional coach
Members At Large
Barbara Lohbeck MasterWorks of NM Founder/Coordinator, former member of City of ABQ Public Art Board, Bardean LLC owner/president; retired elementary school special education teacher
Dianne Parker Retired children and family psychologist, artist
Mary Sundstrom-Gramer Artist, Co-owner Matrix Gallery and Print Workshop
Advisory Board for After School Program
Laurel Lampela, Ph.D. Founding member of advisory board
Professor, University of New Mexico Art Education Program
Suzanne Schadl, Associate Professor and Regents’ Lecturer, College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences; Curator, Latin American Collections, UNM Libraries; Outreach Coordinator, UNM Libraries
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Vaisu Desai Bronk, Executive Director, in a video produced by Albuquerque Involved.
Questions? Write to us:
Art in the School
P.O. Box 3416
Albuquerque, NM 87190-3416