Schools receive funding for arts education programs from school districts, PTA/PTOs, grants, foundations, and/or parent donations. If your school requires additional resources due to lack of school funding for the arts or state/district budget cuts for arts education, here are some ways via grants and fundraising options for arts education programs:

“Adequate funding is often an issue for schools wanting to offer a first-class fine arts program” according to Larry Osterink, co-founder and CEO of Arts Attack.  “We have addressed this issue by offering programs that are highly successful when taught by classroom teachers or parent volunteers, as well as by art specialists; and we are excited to partner with PledgeCents to give our schools, PTO’s and teachers another vehicle for funding their visual art curriculum.”

We have recently partnered with PledgeCents, creating a streamlined way for you to easily raise the funds needed to cover the cost.

Ideas for an Amazing School Art Show

Are you looking for ideas for hosting an Elementary or Middle School Art Show?

Why an art show?

It is really great to put on an Art show at the end of the year. The kids love showing off their work, it’s fun for the parents, and it’s important for your art program. Don’t pass up the opportunity to show off the culmination of your year of art.

Most schools combine their Art Show with the Open House night or another event where most parents and students will be on campus. There are many ways to create an art gallery atmosphere, have music, serve refreshments, make invitations. If you have pictures of your students creating art, make a slideshow and project it on the wall. Some teachers prefer to select the students favorite piece of art from the year and others prefer to use all the same lesson from each class. Either way it is good to group your artwork by subject and what you were trying to accomplish, lesson names, Elements studied, etc. There are many variables on how to display the students’ artwork. Here are some examples of how to create displays:

Hanging Posterboard Displays
Use 22″ x 28″ Posterboards, mat artwork as desired, mount artwork to posterboards. Hang them together by using a hole punch and large paper. Use plastic chains or rope to hang them from the tile ceiling.


Art Week, or Hallway Display
If you’re lucky enough to be able to leave your display up for a period of time how about Art Week! Cover your hallways with Art!


Cardboard Display

Collect refrigerator boxes from your local hardware store. Slice them open, lay them flat and cover with butcher paper. Staple artwork right onto the boards.


Folding Lunch Tables!
This is a great, easy display idea. Just cover them in butcher paper.




Need more ideas and inspiration?  Check out our Pinterest board that is all about Art Show Ideas.



Arts Attack teacher of the Month – March

St. Peters Lutheran School’s Becky Thoma Named Teacher of the Month by Arts Attack Publications. Arts Attack is a national program dedicated to developing high quality, easy-to-teach, visual arts curricula for elementary and middle schools STURGEON BAY, Wisc. – Becky Thoma, a kindergarten teacher from St. Peters Lutheran School, has been named as National Teacher of the Month for March by Arts Attack, an online visual arts curriculum for elementary and middle schools. While research confirms the importance in the role art plays in the creative growth of students, budgets continue to be trimmed for arts programs. Thoma has been a kindergarten teacher at St. Peters Lutheran School in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. for the past 11 years.
“The focus of the Arts Attack program is in its name, Art Training for Teachers And Creative Kids” said Marcia Osterink, founder of Arts Attack. “Our goal is to enable teachers to achieve exceptional artwork from their students by providing high quality, easy-to-teach, visual arts curricula for elementary and middle schools. But, it’s through incredible teachers such as Becky Thoma, that brings creativity to life with her students.”
The arts focus at St. Peters Lutheran School is across all grades. The school has been a multiyear customer of Arts Attack but they recently adopted and implemented the online version of the curriculum in thousands of schools and districts throughout the country to teach children how to express themselves through art.
The Arts Attack National Teacher of the Month recognizes a K-8 teacher who:
• Exemplifies adherence to the online curriculum while exhibiting out-of-the box thinking with arts techniques provided by the program.
• Demonstrates cross curriculum integration leveraging art as a form of teaching required subjects (i.e., leveraging art to celebrate the Renaissance period in a history class).
• Allows children to exhibit their art for parental and/or classroom viewing (i.e., launching an online museum, leveraging arts projects to tell a story via video, hosting an art exhibit).
Founded in 1991, Arts Attack enables teachers to achieve exceptional artwork from their students.