The artsREACH Society has used the proceeds of a Leadership Award from the Legacy Foundation of the Victoria Foundation and a matching grant from the Darlene Sheldon Foundation to launch a pilot project at Ruth King Elementary using clay in the classroom.
The not-for-profit is a nationally registered charity that offers workshop programs made possible through grants. Since the program’s inception in 2005, it has hosted more than 2,000 workshops, with over 32,000 students participating.
Data from the project will help them determine the need — with the ultimate goal of adding the programme to their current workshop lineup.
The project came about after schoolteachers indicated that workshops were needed, as using clay in a classroom has become a dying art. For more information, go to artsreach.ca. (article by Pedro Arrais & Anne Nilsen, Mar. 1, 2020)