What Goes on Behind the Scenes
at Art Docents??
Continued Education for us All!
It is so important to our organization that we continue to stay fresh with our own education as Art Docents, Artists and Community Members. This past month we had several important educational activities we participated in.
We are looking forward to the second half of the year and getting ready for so many different things that support our program and classroom presentations. Below are a few examples of who and how we continue to learn together….
Kelly Martin, “Classroom Management in the Art Room”
At our January General Meeting we had a wonderful guest speaker, our own Art Teacher from Los Gatos Union School District.
Mrs. Martin gave us the opportunity to refresh our skills in the classroom and generate consistent practices while our docents teach our presentations and workshops. – Thank You Kelly!
STUDENTS of LOS GATOS
Continuing Education in the Schools with our Guest Artist Program:
Thank you Mary L. and Marissa D. for volunteering your time as Art Docents
to bring our Guest Artist Program this year!
Paula Lucia: Presenting to the Elementary Schools in Los Gatos
Stephen Bruce: Presenting to Fisher Middle school in Los Gatos
Thank you to our Guest Artists as well!
ART DOCENT EXECUTIVE BOARD
We are proud to have SVCreates support our organization. Annually they hold workshops for Non-Profit organizations and for their Grantee organizations. SVCreates is a network of leaders who care about the cultural and aesthetic quality of life in Silicon Valley. Their Local Arts Grant provide general operating support grants for small and mid-sized nonprofit arts organizations.
Their mission is to accelerate Silicon Valley’s creative culture.
Their Purpose is…
1) Promote artistic excellence while reflecting the dynamic, diverse, and innovative character of Santa Clara County
2) Recognize and encourage non-professional, volunteer involvement as an essential part of Santa Clara County’s cultural environment
3) Stimulate local support, particularly at the grassroots level
Below you’ll see that this year we have attended two of the workshops and plan on attending another one in March .
Stefanie J., our program coordinator attended:
Workshop: Grantwriting with Audrey Wong
New to grantwriting? Want to brush up on grantwriting basics? Need to take your skills to the next level? Join us on January 12th for a workshop led by Audrey Wong!
Jenny G., our treasurer and I attended:
Workshop: Financial Planning & Budget Development
A viable financial management strategy needs to address a vision for the future and incorporate the past and present positions of the organization.
Here Jenny and I are…at the workshop. I’m so thankful to have Jenny on board as our Treasurer, she is a wealth of knowledge and so giving of her volunteering time!
Stephanie D., our VP of Public Relations and I are planning on attending:
Engage.Next 5.0: Audience Engagement & The Art of Relevance
March 16th to hear from Nina Simon on her book “The Art of Relevance” and her work on audience engagement and community participation in the arts.
We are so fortunate to have so many opportunities to further our own personal education. The Art Docents believe in education for both our students and our great volunteers. Thank you to Theresa B., Roxana K. and Elizabeth G., our Continuing Education Committee for bringing our docents so many opportunities to visit museums, take art workshops and practice our own art together.
Through volunteering, trying new things, teaching something, or just taking the time to listen to new ideas…I must agree that Michelangelo says it best….”I am still learning.”