Extend Arts-Rich Learning to ALL New Orleans Students!

“I am often overwhelmed by the absence of opportunities for my students to experience art in all its forms. Bringing the arts into their lessons creates joy for all of us. I wish every student in New Orleans with significant disabilities could experience school this way.”
Kelly, Special Education Teaching Artist

Your support of KID smART brings creative learning to children throughout New Orleans. Over 20 years, KID smART has served more than 30,000 students by integrating the arts into the school day. This giving season, you have a new opportunity to focus your donation on Creative Schools for Special Populations to ensure students with disabilities have access to the highest quality arts learning.

During the 2019 school year, KID smART brought arts-based learning to 75 students with special needs across three New Orleans schools. Students of varying ages from 9 to 16 years old, with a range of abilities, including moderate to severe cognitive disabilities, autism, emotional / behavior disabilities, hearing impairment, and speech and language impairment took part in KID smART programming.

In a Creative Schools for Special Populations classroom, you might see students with limited verbal communication taking part in theatre games that encourage self expression, or students who need support regulating their emotions using visual art to explore emotional vocabulary. Each lesson is co-planned by a classroom teacher and teaching artist and adapted to the specific needs of the classroom.

You can help by making a year-end gift to KID smART!

The cost per student of an artist residency is 3x higher for students with special needs. Your support makes the following possible:

  • A low student to teaching artist ratio,
  • Providing art supplies appropriate for the motor skills and sensory needs of students, and
  • Providing specialized training for both special education teachers and teaching artists.

Thank you for all you’ve done to support KID smART throughout our 20 years. This giving season, we hope you’ll make a gift that helps extend arts-rich learning to ALL New Orleans students!

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