Art will Float your Boat
Art will Float your Boat
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Ted and Lynn Coons
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As the former senior vice president for marketing at United Way of Central Ohio, Tobi Furman was “acutely aware of the increasing poverty and disparities that many students in our community face, academically and culturally.” She started The Artmobile in 2016 and saw an opportunity to combine her love for the arts with her desire to improve the quality of life for underserved children. In the summer of 2017, The Artmobile program launched in Hilltop and Franklinton as an “affordable and innovative way to deliver high quality, arts inspired learning experiences to at-risk children ages 5-14 living in underserved neighborhoods where access and exposure to the arts and art education is very limited,” shares Furman. Arts professionals staff The Artmobile, something Furman says is vital to the quality of the artistic experience for the young people they serve.
The mission of The Artmobile is to enrich the lives of students by providing high quality, after school and summer arts programs with hands-on, culturally-enriching activities for youth in the communities where it is needed most and with a curriculum designed and taught by artists and arts educators
The Artmobile Program, an arts studio on wheels, is a no-cost or low-cost program that offers a convenient and economical way to provide access and exposure to arts inspired learning for underserved populations. As K-12 programs continue to face increasing economic pressures and subsequent budget cuts that often affect arts programs, the Artmobile Program can help fill the void. In addition to teaching artists and art educators, our staff includes a program director, assistant and volunteers. In just two years, The Artmobile has served more than 1,800 youth through its summer learning and after school programming. The team believes that all young people should have the opportunity to benefit from the creativity, fun and self-confidence that comes from a well-structured mobile arts and art education program, particularly in struggling neighborhoods where access and exposure to the arts and art education is very limited.
Studies show that young people who actively participate in an art program perform better in school, have higher attendance rates, are more likely to take leadership roles,