Local Donation Helps Art Heritage Project
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Cheryln Crawford has volunteered through the Art Heritage Project for the last seven years, and has been loving every second of it.
"We don't get as much funding for the arts as I would really like us to be able to get, I think it's really important for brain development and so it's a fun way to contribute," said Crawford.
Behind the Art Heritage Program is a simple idea to spread art to as many students as they can.
"We train volunteers, we have about 250 volunteers to bring art into the classrooms. It's art history and a project in the style of the artist," said Amy Gibbs with the Art Heritage Project.
The volunteers then head into School District 51 classrooms and share what they learned with the students.
"Sometimes for the children, this is the only art they can get because the teachers are generally so busy trying to teach the basics, trying to get in everything they're required to," said Gibbs.
As a non-profit, the group was happy to receive a $1,900 donation from the Uniterian Universalist Congregation.
"It's allowed us to do things we would not normally be able to do, we've been able to introduce two new artists in our curriculum," said Gibbs.
With money for new classes and new supplies, the group is looking to expand.
"You don't need to know anything about art to be an Art Heritage volunterr, you can just go to the classes. They give you everything you need to know," said Crawford.
If you're interested in volunteering or donating to the Art Heritage Program, visit http://www.artheritageprogram.org