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March 2015

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schoolartsonline.com 57 • Make the initial contact a personal one. • Get the local paper to cover the exhibit. • Ask for input from businesses on when would be best to hold the exhibit so as not to interfere with other com- munity events or to partner with an event if feasible. • Frame artwork when possible to show a reverence for the work as well as to protect it. • Enlist the help of community members, parents, and students as appropriate. Thom Knab is an art teacher at Williamsville Central Schools in Buffalo, New York and the president of the New York State Art Teachers Association. Tkvolley15@ aol.com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. Continued from page 8. A D V O C A C Y explaining the concept and inviting businesses to participate. Although I know I could have just mailed the let- ters, I actually walked up and down Main Street to hand deliver them to make a personal connection and get any feedback I could. I found that some businesses absolutely loved the idea, some agreed with little fanfare, others came on board late, and some did not even respond. It was OK, though, since I ended up with sufficient businesses willing to participate. I even approached the local news- paper, and the editor was so enthusi- astic that he sent a photographer to snap students hanging their work and published an article on the event. He was also very helpful in spreading the word to other businesses through I have attempted to be creative in the ways I advocate for the visual arts and my program in particu- lar. One of the events for which I put on my advocacy shoes is called the Roadrunner Art Walk. My school's mascot is the road- runner, hence the name of the event. I created an art show, showcasing my stu- dents' artwork, along the main street of my district. I approached businesses about allowing me to display the works, facing out to the street, from their windows. Families and commu- nity members could stroll along the street from storefront to storefront and view the work. Garnering Support Here is how I went about organiz- ing the event: First, I wrote a letter Thom Knab the town's Chamber of Commerce. Organizing the Show I took photos of the windows at the partici- pating businesses so I could judge what size and how much work could be placed in each. I framed the pieces I wanted to hang so as to make the best impres- sion. (I have been buying and collecting frames for a while, but matting the work prob- ably would have been sufficient.) I created a spreadsheet of the busi- nesses and the work to be hung at each along with business hours so I knew when I could hang pieces. The biggest chal- lenge, or so I thought, was going to be to hang all the artwork. As it turned out it went rather quickly and many businesses actually required or offered to hang the work themselves. I used 3M clips for hanging, where necessary, as they come off windows and woodwork cleanly after the exhibit. Many store windows already had hooks and nails to hang their own displays, and in some instances, I just set the artwork on the windowsill when that worked best. I planned and communicated an end date (about two weeks later) to come back and pick up the artworks. This art exhibit was a big success. Families were excited and made a day of finding their child's artwork and maybe having lunch somewhere in town. The students were honored to have their art chosen for display. The community was able to see the high-quality artwork students cre- ated. In addition, the newspaper's The Roadrunner Art Walk I created an art show, showcasing my students' artwork, along the main street of my district. 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