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BAC helps bring the arts to Bossier schools

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It's harder to teach in the Bossier Parish Talented Arts Program this new school year. Budget cuts have reduced teachers' arts funding to just $1 for each student, per classroom. Buying enough art supplies for the year is almost impossible but help is available.

"Not having a lot of supplies cuts down on the amount of projects you could possibly expose the kids to," Steve Porter said. He's a visual arts instructor for the parish.

Lack of arts cash isn't new to him. Porter teaches around 100 kids at three different schools. He says he's often had to ask local businesses for scrap donations for their art supplies.

"You really have to scrimp. You have to save," Porter said. "You really have to look for things you could make a possible project out of. You have to look for parents' support."

Porter and other art teaches will now get support from the Bossier Arts Council. BAC kicked off Project Art Supplies just last week. It'll be an ongoing fundraiser.

"We serve artists in the community, and we want to serve the teachers that are teaching the next artists in our community," BAC's Robin Jones said.

According to Jones, the project allows the community to make cash donations for art supplies. Supply drop-offs are also welcomed.

"It can be anything from pencils, colored pencils markers," Jones said. "We have a whole list that we'll post onto our website."

Jones says all donations are given to the Bossier School Board. It'll distribute materials and cash to art teachers like Porter.

"It's something that is just amazing," Porter said. "When you get a child involved with the arts, and you see them grow, not only in that program as an artist but as an individual. Then, it's a very amazing thing to witness and be a part of."

Several organizations  like the National Association of State Boards of Education believe arts will help kids do better in school. NASBE says arts help them with thinking, social skills and more.

 

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