As public funding for school art programs shrink, we feel the Claremont Museum of Art can fill an important role in providing art education to Claremont youth through our three education projects: Project ARTstART, ARTpix and Family Art activities.
Project ARTstART trains high school students to teach museum-based arts appreciation to elementary school students. The program, now in its sixth year, involves six college mentors and 60 high school students serving five Claremont elementary schools. In 2013 and 2014, ARToon brought the art of cartooning to pre-teen artists. In 2015, ARTpix fostered creative self-expression through photography at El Roble Intermediate School. In addition, our Family Art program provides art activities at community festivals.
Project ARTstART is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art (CMA) in partnership with the Claremont Unified School District (CUSD); and serves students from six participating schools — Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore and Vista del Valle Elementary Schools and Claremont High School; and funded by generous donations from the LA County Arts Commission; The Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts; the Claremont Community Foundation (CCF); the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF); funds from the City of Claremont Community-Based Organization (CBO); The City of Claremont Teen Council; Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation; and two CMA member major donors.
– Sandy Baldonado, CMA Board President