Established in October 2018, Budding Artists was conceptualized between two close friends, Sarah Tanberg and Dakota McMahand, both educators, seeking to create sustainable change in under-resourced black and brown communities. Our project objective is to provide free process-based art experiences to children ages 3 -5 who live in under-resourced communities to prepare students for successful participation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programs during elementary school.
Our STEAM Connection
STEAM is the movement of adding arts education (liberal arts, fine arts, music, design-thinking, and language arts) into the STEM field. The "A” in STEAM promotes curiosity and can create a pathway in attracting more students, specifically underrepresented ethnic groups and females into STEM fields. By participating in Budding Artists process-focused art programming, children will learn how to think critically, problem-solve and use creativity, which are all necessary skills needed in order to compete in this global economy.
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Budding Artists seeks to stimulate a more inclusive and creative global society by providing transformative process-focused art experiences to pre-kindergarten children in under-resourced communities.
Our teaching goals as art facilitators is to create dynamic learning experiences putting the "A" for arts in STEAM, which should culminate in developing learners who understand that they are global citizens, social justice advocates, lifelong learners and engineers of creativity.