Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What do you think?

I finally found out today that the things I needed for this year's classes were cut from the budget. So once again I must teach a ceramics one class without a budget for clay, tools, glazes, or even a kiln. So this year I have been pushing the students to pay their lab fees, and have collected enough for a ton of clay, and half the glazes I need. I still have about 50 who still need to pay. Today I started asking the teachers and staff if they would be willing to donate $25 each for a kiln, and I will make a bunch of cups, bowls, vases, etc., and they can choose one at the end of the school year. Any other thoughts or ideas? Any and all suggestions will be appreciated. :-)

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  1. It's possible that launching a Kickstarter campaign (or similar) might be a good way to go about it, raising funds for arts education - I think that might fit within the mission. Or some sort of silent auction/fundraiser. The online community of artists is pretty strong - I know I'd be willing to donate something, even with the cost to ship, and I'm sure other blogging potters would, too, if you were to do something like that at your school. But you know your local market better than us to know if that would be beneficial or not. Either way, if there's anything I can do to support your programs, let me know!

  2. The best fund raiser we did at my daughter's school was a silent auction. We asked for donations from local artists and members of the community and we raised $5000 for the art department. We combined the auction with an art show of the students work, we had great food, live music and babysitters for the little ones. Very successful event! I could give you ideas for auction items if you decide to do this. Form a committee and let them go to work! Sorry about the budget cuts, so typical that when things get cut, they go right to the arts :(

  3. I like the idea of the buy in- for a donating you get a bowl mug...something of your choice. Winderful idea.
    We taught at a school and the kids made mugs- most sold to proud parents.