Got Art? A New Booster Club at College Park
Apr 03, 2016 04:31PM
● By Jennifer Neys
The visual arts are alive and thriving at College Park High School! With classes offered in glass, ceramics, photography, drawing, and painting, there are over 700 students enrolled in the visual arts classes, supported by five superb teachers.
Studies have shown art helps students prepare for their future by teaching creative thought, self-expression, and craftsmanship. However, with the passing of AB1575 (a CA bill that prohibits families from being required to pay materials fees), the visual arts programs are in dire need of funding to keep our programs robust and rewarding.
Although classroom contributions have always been optional, financial support for art programs have dropped to minimal levels in recent years. Individual district budgets are stretched thin and cannot sufficiently sustain an active art curriculum. The inability to provide and maintain an adequate supply of consumables, such as film, ink, paint, glass, and clay, has negatively impacted all visual arts classes. This situation will worsen in the coming years, as teachers deplete their supplies and are unable to fulfill and maintain sufficient levels to support the many art programs.
As a result, the concerned and supportive parents of College Park art students have answered the call to support these vital programs by forming a new Visual Arts Booster Club. Parent Robin Eckert and others worked tirelessly to get the newest booster club off the ground. They began with a “Go Fund Me” page and recently received the club’s tax-except status.
The Visual Arts Boosters hope to involve many College Park parents, as well as the Pleasant Hill and Martinez communities, in their efforts to raise funds and support the outstanding art programs. They will also assist with getting students’ work out into the community, so everyone can witness first-hand what fantastic art the students create.
In the future, the College Park Visual Arts Boosters will coordinate fundraising activities, including auctions, art shows, boosters gear, and a web gallery to raise money for the visual arts department.
For more information, send an email to: [email protected] or visit the College Park High School web site at http://cphs.mdusd.org/CPvisualartsboosters or the Boosters web site at http://cpvisualarts.weebly.com/. Also, visit our Facebook page, College Park Visual Arts Boosters.