Our purpose is to enhance art appreciation and awareness
through increased participation in order to foster the arts
as a means of human development and cultural enrichment.
Arts Centered Education Society, a Bozeman based nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the arts, acquires funds used to contract qualified artists and art educators from various fields. In turn, these professionals provide artistically educational opportunities to people of all ages in classrooms, the surrounding outdoor environment, and arts and educational organizations. ACES is continually broadening the awareness of its presence. Steady funding for the arts is much needed. It is our goal to expand support for existing art education programs with a broader spectrum of supplies, instructors, and projects, to offer scholarships for a variety of artistic activities to qualifying families, and finally to jump start new art enrichment opportunities.
Our impact is significant, notably high in numbers, with breadth and depth. Through the support of parent organizations, grants from Montana Arts Council, National Endowment For The Arts, Sweet Pea Festival For The Arts, community service organizations, individual donations to A.C.E.S., program participants, and specially earmarked funds from private families, we are able to do what we do.
What we do for the Arts
A.C.E.S. has been a successful entity for quite some time now. Below are just a few of our most recent accomplishments and activities within our local community.
A.C.E.S. received $4800 with a commitment to the same amount for the next year. These funds are for outreach art education programs in our region.
Artist/art educator Chelsea Smith was the visual artist of choice for the 2009 Big Timber Arts Roundup. This annual event takes place at The Hobble Diamond Ranch in conjunction with The Haverford School of Pennsylvania. Tapping upon experiences with youth ages thirteen to eighteen on the recent ArtWalks In The City trip to Seattle, Chelsea led students from the eastern city along with Montana area youth through on location landscape painting experiences.
Specially earmarked donations were designated for art enrichment at Anderson and Hawthorne Schools this 2009/2010 school year.
A.C.E.S. received one thousand dollars from Sweet Pea Festival for the Arts for advanced supplies at Irving and Whittier Schools.
A Montana Arts Council grant is providing art education for all of Anderson School during the winter and spring months of the 2010 school year.
The above as well as the banner artwork was created by 6th graders at Amsterdam School using a mixed media approach including oil and chalk pastels, acrylic and metallic acrylic paint. This artist-in-residency program was supported by a three year donation for outreach art enrichment programs directed towards under served communities. This particular program is in its fifth year of curriculum based art education connected with the science received from Montana Outdoor Science School in conjunction with ArtSplot.
Through our efforts art enrichment is reaching more students, schools, and educators this year than ever. We have been active at Whittier, Irving, Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, Hawthorne, Anderson, Amsterdam, Manhattan, Whitehall, Springhill, Malmborg, LaMotte, Morning Star Hyalite, and MOSS (Montana Outdoor Science School).
Our Goal is Awareness
The Arts Centered Education Society is always broadening the awareness of its presence. Steady funding for the arts is much needed. It is our goal to expand support for existing art education programs in the schools with a widened array of supplies, instructors, and projects, to offer scholarships for a variety of approved artistic activities to qualifying families, and finally to jump start new art enrichment opportunities.
The arts have significant yet subtle impacts upon education and thus the daily lives of the people within a community. The arts teach relationships, numerous possibilities, problem solving, and solutions. They demonstrate perspectives, small differences, and large effects while expanding what we know as humans. The arts, by nature, impress upon its participants willingness and unanticipated results. Through the conversations they promote and the personal interaction they encourage, the arts add to the enjoyment and understanding of school and lifelong learning. All of these experiences build personal and human development while enriching the culture of communities.
– Chelsea Allensworth Smith
A.C.E.S. is a federal nonprofit with 501(C3) status. We continue to fulfill our mission with ever increasing conviction, leadership, and enjoyment.
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