Disclosure: Phillip Manning serves on the board of directors for the Denali Arts Council, which is hosting the art show discussed in the story.
The value of art education has been established through numerous studies and personal accounts. Many schools, however, are not able to directly fund art programs for their students. Talkeetna Elementary does have an art program, which is funded through grants and local crowdfunding. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with two of the people involved in the program, and has this story:
It’s a lovely, sunny Saturday afternoon in Talkeetna. Many people around town are clearly taking any excuse they can not to be inside, but there is a large group that has gathered around and inside the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar. The Hangar regularly displays Alaskan art, but this show is different, because every piece on display was made by students at Talkeetna Elementary School. To explain the show, I spoke with art teacher Bekah Mathiesen. (more…)