Last week, I received two comments requesting I post the links to the surveys.
This is the link to the Teacher Survey:
<a href=”http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=dDJgySmHCnYeMUd_2fNX0apQ_3d_3d”>Click Here to take survey</a>
This is the link to the Artist Survey:
<a href=”http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=tAxD_2bf_2f_2fyKrHH1xuBWaArA_3d_3d”>Click Here to take survey</a>
Katie posed some good questions in her comment that I’d like to address. First of all, the Artists in the Schools program brings professional local artists into the schools to work with students for various amounts of time. (day, week, semester) This way, the program not only benefits students, but artists who chose to stay in South Dakota. This is partly why I am so interested in the program. After living in Nashville for a year, I’ve decided that I might try to make it as a folk artist in my home state. Last weekend, I played at a tiny folk fest in rural Iowa with a singer/songwriter from Iowa City. He said he’s been involved with the Iowa Arts Council Programs for 25 years, and that programs such as Artists in the Schools, Touring Artists, and the Touring Six (a touring program that visits towns under 1,100) made up one third of his income throughout much of the 80’s. Meeting this musician reminded me of why I was originally interested in the Arts Council in the first place. While much of my research centers around the importance of the Artists in the Schools Program to students, the additional comments on my survey show that artists who struggle to stay in South Dakota heavily depend upon the program as well.
The following are a few of the comments I’ve received at the end of the survey:
“It’s a fantastic program because it brings experts into the schools. The depth of knowledge in their subject areas is difficult to match in art, music and core classes because the teachers just do not have the experience. The diversity of offerings each year are perhaps the best part of the program. It would be a shame if this program were not funded.”
“We are saddened that our district has dropped matched-funding for Artists in the Schools. At Dakota, we believe in the program so much that we want to try and raise money on our own to invite artists like Mark Zimmerman and Mary Wipf back. It is important for students to experience the love and gift of art through artists besides their art teacher (if they have one at all). In a state that profits from one the largest pieces of art in the world (Mt. Rushmore) it is disappointing that we not value art education more. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts.”