Haight Elementary School students Christina, Laura and Enna put the finishing touches on their italian marbled paper, which was on display display as part of the Alameda Education Foundation’s “Art Across the Island” project. “Art Across the Island” is a two-year project that will feature visual and literary art produced by Alameda public school students. Artwork can be seen at various venues throughout Alameda from October 2017 – April 2018.
According to Pam Riley Chang, the foundation’s chair of Visual and Performing Arts, the goal is to display art from students representing every Alameda public school.
“Art Across the Island” is a partnership of the foundation with Alameda public school teachers, school art docents, the Alameda Free Library – Bay Farm and West End branches, AGL Collective, Alameda Art Lab, Books Inc, Cookiebar Creamery, Lilac Dress Boutique, Modern Mouse and Rhythmix Cultural Works. “Both students and the public both benefit when artwork and creative writing is on display,” added Chang.
Art education is a core component of the foundation’s mission to support learning opportunities for Alameda public school students. In addition to the arts, the foundation supports and manages programs in athletics, technology, college prep programs, and dozens of enrichment classes and camps.
“Wonderful art is being created in our class rooms and Art Across the Island gives Alamedans a chance to see student art (and, yes, some literature) in a gallery setting. Our local small businesses and the two branch libraries are enthusiastic supporters of this program and I can’t thank them enough. Lastly, art teachers and art docents have been thrilled to see work that is produced in other public schools and I am looking forward to an event where those of us who have helped produce art for this program get to share our ideas.” Pam Riley Change, AEF Visual and Performing Arts Chair