50 Stories 50 Years: An OKCPS Visual Arts Educator
Gail Sloop, OKCPS Visual Art Educator | Individual | okcps.org
As a visual arts educator with OKCPS, Gail Sloop has seen public funding for the arts support creative, integrated learning on Oklahoma history, art, and culture among OKC elementary students.
“My mission is to expose young children, pre-kindergarten to 6th, to the arts,” says Sloop.
“With an Arts in the School grant, Sequoyah Elementary [brought in] Mike Wimmer [to] demonstrate his drawing techniques, book illustration and [to speak] about his life as an artist…Sequoyah purchases several books illustrated by Mr. Wimmer, [from which] students gain a better understanding of visual reading through connections with the writer/illustrator.”
In addition to this engagement with artistic life and the artistic process, “Sequoyah 4th graders visit our State Capitol and make the connection of Oklahoma history, art and culture.”
“At present I am watching educational funding drop, [but] we must keep the arts in the school and the community. It is the best investment we have for creative, historical and educational empowerment!”
This story celebrates 50 years of the Oklahoma Arts Council and how the state’s investments have positive ripple effects on communities across Oklahoma. See other stories or follow this link for more information.