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The disparity in art budgets across the country is astounding. According to our Facebook fans, while 23 percent of art teachers receive over 10 dollars per student, most of you are making do with far less. In fact, nearly 33 percent of you survive on less than two dollars per student, per year.
If you teach 200-300 students, you could be trying to fund an entire program with less than 500 dollars. That’s barely enough to get quality paper, pencils, and paintbrushes, not to mention fun extras!
In addition, while some teachers get sufficient funds from one year to the next, others see their budgets cut year after year. It seems like no matter how much money your program is allocated, it’s never quite enough to accomplish everything you want.
That’s right! We’re giving away $1000 dollars to one lucky AOE reader to supplement their budget next school year. For many art teachers, winning would mean doubling or possibly even tripling the available funds.
You must currently be teaching in order to be eligible to win. Don’t have something tied down for next year yet? Don’t worry! You can enter up until July 28th, 2017.
Entering the contest easy. Simply click here and enter your information.
AOE Founder and President, Jessica Balsley, will choose one lucky winner at random during the Summer 2017 Art Ed Now Online Conference. AOE will work with the winner at the conclusion of the contest to arrange payment. Winners will need to provide photos of the supplies purchased with the contest funds. You can see a copy of the full contest rules here.
Having extra cash is always fun, but deciding what to spend it on can be stressful. Here are just a few things you could purchase with the winnings!
Of course, if you’re starting out with next to nothing, the best thing to purchase with the winnings is a solid set of basics. You can check out a comprehensive list right here. However, it can also be fun to think about what other things could enhance your practice for years to come. Check out some great ideas below!
It’s always nice to put a large sum of money toward a tech item that can benefit all of your students. $1,000 could buy you…
There are the supplies you have to buy and then there are the supplies you want to buy. Your extra $1000 could go toward…
Extra money is great for building up your stock of specialty art supplies. With an extra $1000 you could get…
There are some things that would make your teaching life so much better, but that you might feel guilty spending your precious budget money on. With a little extra cash in your pocket, you could buy…
While $1000 might not quite cover each of these items, it would go a long way in getting you most of the way there.
So what are you waiting for? Enter the AOE Double Your Art Budget Contest today and be on your way to a less stressful school year! Best of luck!Enter Now!
What would you purchase for your classroom if you won the contest?
What is one item you dream about having in your classroom?
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