Art thriving at Basalt High School |

Art thriving at Basalt High School

Dear Editor:

The art department at Basalt High School continues to thrive even in the midst of budget cuts and job fears. The numbers that have signed up for art classes for next year are even greater than last year!

Research has shown that the arts not only keep many students in school, but can also raise scores in others areas of study. We want to thank the community for your support of our program. Every year, the Glenwood Guild gives to our department. We were also awarded grants from Basalt Kids and the town of Basalt. These grants and donations help to keep us stocked in supplies and equipment allowing our students to create amazing pieces.

The annual art show is May 4, 5 and 6 this year. Because our operating budget will be cut next year, we will be hosting a coffee house on Thursday and Friday evenings to help raise money for next year. Every year, we have artist judges from the community help select our finest pieces for ribbons. Thank you for taking time to help us.

We are thankful that this district has been supportive the arts, and is trying to keep all programs going even as the money dwindles. I urge the community to support mill levy overrides and other ways that we can guarantee our valued specials stay in our schools. May theatre, music, sports and the fine arts continue to enrich the lives of our children.

Tish McFee

Art instructor

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