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Arts Educators Win Gold with Golden Artist Colors

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Arts Educators Win Gold with Golden Artist Colors

It’s an adage that always rings true–behind every great artist is a great teacher. Americans for the Arts would like to congratulate educators Isaac AlaridPease, Jessica Clark, and Bryan Wilson on their selection as the 2016 Golden Educator Residents!

For a second year, Golden Artist Colors has partnered with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to recognize the importance of work done by arts educators around the nation in inspiring each new generation of thinkers, innovators, and artists. With the help of the National Art Education Association, the Alliance reviewed competitive applications to select three arts educators, who had a recognized student in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, to be Golden Educator Residents. The selected teachers participate in a two-week residency program in upstate New York for July and August 2016, and are awarded a $1,000 gift certificate for Golden paints. An additional nine finalists also each receive $1,000 gift certificates.

 

As a past honoree of Americans for the Arts’ BCA 10 Awards, a yearly event which recognizes 10 businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts, Golden Artist Colors is no stranger to supporting the arts. And this partnership with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, who acts as a premier partner in ensuring every child has access to comprehensive arts education, is another example of their dedicated work in the arts.

 

Speaking of the residency program, Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, stated “Golden Artist Colors is to be commended for making this exceptional opportunity available to outstanding educators. We were most impressed by the quality of the applications we received this year. Teachers are part of the lifeblood of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and we are privileged to have this moment to show our appreciation for their efforts in the classroom as well as our respect for their work as artists.”

 

Americans for the Arts is thrilled to see BCA 10 alumni continue to support the arts and the wonderful educators who make it all possible.

 

Artwork credit: Bryan Wilson, "Why I Do What I Do".  

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Vans and Americans for the Arts Awarded with 2016 Gold Cause Marketing Halo Award

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Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce that a 2016 Gold Cause Marketing Halo Award in the education category has been awarded to a partnership between Vans and Americans for the Arts. Developed 14 years ago by the Cause Marketing Forum, the Halo Awards honor businesses and nonprofits that combine profits with purpose, and doing well by doing good.

 

In 2012, Vans asked Americans for the Arts to become its official national charity partner in the company's marketing initiatives and CSR goals to foster the growth of arts education and the access that children have to creative outlets in all parts of the country. This partnership has developed important initiatives such as the Arts Education Navigator, an e-book series which provides the information, statistics, and skills necessary to advocate to decision-makers, and the Vans Custom Culture grant program, which annually awards $2,000 competitive grants to ten schools around the nation with quality music and visual arts programs.

 

Now in its sixth year, the Vans Custom Culture competition is an opportunity for students around the nation to get their creative juices flowing by decorating Vans shoes in the hopes of winning grants for their school's art programs. Each school competes in a juried competition for a $50,000 grand prize, four $4,000 finalist prizes, and $50,000 in separate awards and scholarships given by Custom Culture partners: anti-smoking campaign Truth, shoe retailer Journeys, and the Laguna College of Art and Design.

 

Vice President of Global Consumer Marketing Sarah Crockett stated: “Vans firmly believes in the value of arts education and the positive impact creative expression has on every student's life. We're proud that Vans Custom Culture has helped more than 142,000 students express their Right To Art...Over the past 6 years, 7,612 high schools have participated in Custom Culture, which has now awarded nearly $600,000 to arts programs around the nation."

 

CEO and President of Americans for the Arts Robert Lynch said of the Halo award: “I am pleased that Vans Custom Culture is a finalist to receive this distinguished award. Americans for the Arts has partnered with Vans Custom Culture since 2012, and together we are helping to bring more attention to the importance of the arts in high school curricula, encouraging high school students to embrace their creativity, and inspiring a new generation of innovative, forward focused youth."

 

Together, Americans for the Arts and Vans continue to support every student’s access to an arts education they deserve.

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