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Grantee: Anne Hedin / Browne Elementary

Project Title: The Foster Art Project
Year awarded: 2020, Round 1

SAGA support will help bring contemporary art into the lives of elementary children thanks to the Foster Art school-artist collaboration taking place at Browne Elementary.

Once permitted by social distancing restrictions, Elisabeth Silver, a Browne Elementary Principal Assistant, will work with artist Anne Hedin, who was also a 20-year art educator, to work with two, K-2 and 3-5-grade, after-school cohorts to create large- scale canvas art pieces.

A substantial increase in arts educational experiences has remarkable impacts on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes.
~Brookings Institution (nonprofit, public policy organization based in Washington, D.C.)

For Hedin, the goal will be to open her art process to the children. She intends to share a love of what artists do and role model appreciation for the creation process, showing these tender-aged children that their input and ideas are valued as they help her develop these works. The resulting art will be stretched and put on public display in a free venue. If sold, the proceeds will be split into thirds between the school’s art program, the artist, and the venue.

The artist and students will also collaborate to create smaller works during the process. These will be loaned out through the school library so that the school’s young artists can enjoy having the artwork in their home and further their understanding and appreciation for art.