Out of 81 schools in the Detroit public school system, 55 of them lack an art program. This does not even begin to include the suburban schools cutting the minutes of art or completely eliminating art classes.
Art Road currently teaches at Four schools in the Detroit Public School System.
Art Road’s first school was Edison Elementary School in Detroit. We are able to teach the 304 students art class twice per month currently at Edison. Our students range in age from 6 to 12. And class sizes are large: about 30 students per class.
In 2011 Art Road had grown to teach 406 more students at the Charles Wright Academy of Arts & Science in Detroit, with the same program we pioneered at Edison Elementary.
In January 2014 we grew our program to Charles L. Spain Elementary in Detroit, serving 300 more students.
In December of 2016 we were able to expand our program at Charles L. Spain Elementary and Middle School. With help from our Diamond Partner, The Michigan Glass Project we started art classes for the Middle school students. This expanded our program at Spain to over 337 students.
In October of 2017 Art Road grew to another school. With the help from our Diamond Partner, The Michigan Glass Project we started classes at Vernor Elementary school. We are able to bring art class back to 260 students at the school.
In December of 2018 Art Road grew to another school district . With the help from our Diamond Partner, The Michigan Glass Project we started classes at Bunche Elementary school and Grandport Academy in Ecorse. We are able to bring art class back to 644 students at the two schools.
“The Art Road Art Program is critical to our quest to provide the best educational experience for our students. I have had the privilege of being in the art room when our students are creating their works of art. The students are eager to share their creations and have a sense of great pride in their work. The teachers and parents have praised my efforts to bring art class back to their children.”
Former Principal, Edison Elementary School
“Thank you so much for bringing Art Road to Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science. Since this program begin back in September 2011, our attendance rate has increased on Wednesdays. Our students look forward to coming on Wednesdays because they know they will have the opportunity to attend Art class. During that time, the students are able to express themselves through drawings.”
Kimberly A. Davis
Former Principal, Charles H. Wright Academy of Arts and Science