Have you been looking for a cool way for your company to give back? Have you been searching for effective local charities? Maybe even to explicitly hit a few corporate social responsibility or employee volunteering goals?
Do you want to make a meaningful impact for some of the best local charities? Well, here’s a peek behind the curtains at how our Sponsor A School Initiative with IPaintMyMind works, and how your company can get involved today.
Sponsor A School is a huge part of our model of mutual benefit. At IPaintMyMind, we believe that we can all help each other, and in the process make art education more equitable for students across the great city of Chicago!
At its core, the Sponsor A School Initiative is a fun way for your company to FUNDRAISE and VOLUNTEER to ensure a local public school receives art programs CPS’ budget won’t provide for them. How cool is that?!
We wanted to provide a super easy, plug-n-play way for businesses and companies to get involved with our art programs in Chicago Public Schools. Although our super unique funding model allows us to give public schools their first year of immersive arts programming for free, we need your help to ensure these schools receive these programs every year after that. With Sponsor A School, we pair you with a school that you will fundraise and volunteer for to provide another year of high-quality arts programming, supporting one of the top nonprofits in your area at the same time.
IPaintMyMind has been a Gold Star Rated nonprofit for years now, a top credential when it comes to reputation, mission, and impact. We are a trustworthy choice amongst the long list of local charities in Chicago.
Chicago Public Schools, as you probably know, is chronically underfunded. This is especially apparent when you consider the arts. Art programs are anemic in CPS, and in some schools, no longer exist at all. With COVID-19 rocking the City of Chicago’s finances, probably for years to come, this kind of outside programming is more important than ever.
Our Shared Walls™ program brings quality arts education to over 70 schools across the city. We provide a 12-20 piece art gallery, a curriculum power-building resource we call the Art Guide, artist workshops, and year-round support to teachers and administrators.
We know how important it is to empower students to be creative and to give them the confidence to make art and appreciate it. Art education makes for a more well-rounded superstar student.
Find out more about how arts education improves learning and problem solving in all areas in this article, How Art Programs In Schools Provoke Creative Problem Solving.
If you and your company choose to Sponsor a School, you will get to bring Shared Walls™ to your partner school, and be involved as the program unfolds. We hope that you and your team will develop a sustained relationship with your school and its students, and end the year feeling as though you have really made a difference.
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