A little excerpt from our speech:
"Art education is important to the development of young peoples’ minds. It teaches creative problem-solving, builds confidence, hones fine motor skills, and is therapeutic. This subject is very dear to us because art was a large part of our childhoods, and we feel that every child should be able to have the same access.
We’ve been incredibly lucky to get to work at DASH every week. The staff has been so supportive in allowing us to have full creative freedom with our projects, even if we make a total mess. Which is very likely.
We have now been teaching Art Group with the children at DASH for a little over a year now, and we are constantly in awe of the incredible art work these kids create. They are in school all day, often with after-school activities, and somehow still arrive to Art Group at 6 pm full of enthusiasm and excitement for the week’s project. We’ve also been able to build close relationships with these children, and seeing them is not always just about making art, but the connection we have to them.
Art Group is just as exciting and experimental for us. We look forward to it just as much as they do. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit and color. Or paint. Or cut up bits of paper. It’s just as therapeutic for us. We are so fortunate to have made this connection with DASH, and are truly honored to receive this award."