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Grantee: Anne Hedin / Browne Elementary

Project Title: Bringing Contemporary Art into the Lives of Elementary Children with the Foster Art Project
Year awarded: 2020, Round 1

Research by the Brookings Institution (a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C.)  found “that a substantial increase in arts educational experiences has remarkable impacts on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes.”

Once it can safely be undertaken, SAGA will be supporting the Foster Art school-artist collaboration taking place at Browne Elementary. Elisabeth Silver, a Browne Elementary Principal Assistant is working with artist Anne Hedin, who was also a 20-year art educator, to work with Kindergarten-second grade students and third to fifth grade students in two different after school cohorts to create large- scale canvas art pieces. For Hedin, the goal is to open her art process to the children. It is sharing a love of what artist’s do and role modeling an 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 1/3’s between the school’s art program, the artist, and the venue. Smaller works created during this process will be loaned out through the school library to students in the program so the young artists can enjoy having the artwork in their home and further their understanding and value of art.