1982 was a dark time for children and art; budget cutbacks due to Proposition 13 resulted in art programs disappearing from school curriculum. Enter Art in Action, founded by art history teacher Judy Sleeth (pictured) when her daughter was in kindergarten at Laurel Elementary School in Menlo Park.
“I didn’t want budget cuts to rob her or her classmates of the very real benefits of a quality art curriculum, ” she writes on the organization’s website. “Twenty-seven years later, Art in Action is a leading art educator, fulfilling the dream of parents and educators who believe that all children should have an excellent, well-rounded education. Great schools have great art programs; Art in Action seeks to make every school — and every student — great.”
Today the Menlo Park-based non-profit provides K-12 visual art programs not only locally but throughout the nation.
Next Tuesday, March 9, the organization will hold its annual luncheon, Atelier d’Artistes at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park, featuring internationally acclaimed sculptor Bruce Beasley as guest speaker. In addition, seven local California artists will demonstrate their techniques, share stories with attendees, and offer finished artworks for purchase. You can get more information and make reservations here or call 650-566-8339, ext. 200.
Photo by Chris Gulker