What is smArt Kids?
smArt Kids is the Quincy Art Center's Art Mentor program which provides visual arts education to elementary students in the Quincy Public Schools.
Who are smArt Kids?
Your kids! The program includes the following schools:
- St. Dominic's School
- Blessed Sacrament
- St. Francis
Where is the program?
The smArt Kids Art Mentor program brings children to the Quincy Art Center for a unique art experience.
When does it happen?
Students will visit the Quincy Art Center once during the school year. Children will explore our current exhibits and create an original piece of artwork. In addition, students will be visited twice in their classrooms for a hands on art lesson.
Why is it important?
Art education... "teaches children life skills such as developing an informed perception; articulating a vision; learning to solve problems and make decisions; building self-confidence and self-discipline; developing the ability to imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish."
Our Art Mentors
The most essential part of this program is our team of volunteer art mentors. These mentors are trained by the Quincy Art Center to provide elementary art education. In our art galleries, mentors guide the children though the exhibits. In the art studio and in the school classrooms, the mentors teach Illinois State Standard art lesson plans.
Funding is provided through foundations, grants, the Quincy Art Center's fundraising efforts, The Illinois Arts Council - a State agency, and individual donations like yours.
The program expenses include:
- Training of art mentors
- Bussing between schools and the Art Center
- Art Supplies
How can I Help?
Volunteers are always welcome at the Art Center! If you are interested please call
Donations of any amount are appreciated. Your contribution will help ensure the continuation of the smArt Kids Program.
Ways to make a donation:
- Send check made payable to Quincy Art Center, 1515 Jersey, Quincy, IL 62301
- Make a donation through PayPal
Current and Previous Supporters are:
Marion Gardner Jackson Charitable Trust
Quincy Public Schools Foundation
Community Foundation of the Quincy Area
Kirk Family Foundation
Samantha Otte Foundation
Tracy Family Foundation
Golden Kiwanis: Circle K
Midsummer Arts Faire
Breakfast Optimist Club
The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency
Jennifer Teter accepting a check
from June and Chuck Otte of the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund
with the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri.
Pat Kuhn and Lana Rabe accepting $1,000 check from Breakfast Kiwanis