The Kinder Morgan Foundation has donated $5,000 to fund a portion of the Grade 3 Exploratory Visual Art Project (EVAP3) serving 18 district classrooms.
The program gives grade three students six weeks of basic visual
art instruction, one hour per week, taught by trained visual art
"This is a wonderful grant that will help bring
art to the next generation," said Dr. Karen Childress-Evans, Director
of San Diego Unified's Visual and Performing Arts Programs.
Participating schools provide arts supplies and materials for the
program. After six visual art lessons, grade three students will have
not only experienced the basic elements of visual art, according to the
California State Standards for Grade 3 Visual Art, but will also have
learned important vocabulary, skills and understanding that will in turn
support other content areas. Classroom teachers learn the lessons with
the students so that they can feel comfortable teaching these basic
lessons in subsequent years.
"Schools are selected on the basis of need, ability to provide
the arts supplies, teacher interest and availability of funding," said
Childress-Evans. "The San Diego Unified School District Visual and
Performing Arts Department is honored to have been chosen by this
prestigious group as one of the recipients."
The Kinder Morgan Foundation believes that today's youth are
tomorrow's leaders. Their mission is to provide students with
opportunities to learn and grow in a variety of areas including science,
math, and the arts. Their goal is to help today's students become the
engineers, educators and artists who will support our diverse
communities for many years to come. They primarily fund programs that
promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many
cities and towns across North America where Kinder Morgan operates.
For more information about the Exploratory Visual Art Project for
Third Grade, please contact Dr. Childress-Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.