ART IN SCHOOLS is a collaboration made possible by The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art, A Center for Cultural Arts and the Lee County Board of Education. ART IN SCHOOLS is a Fine Arts Education Program of The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art, developed by Sarah West and Michele West for elementary schools. ART IN SCHOOLS | 6th Grade Art Classes debuted for Lee County Schools during the 2019-2020 school year at Smiths Station and Salem Elementary Schools: Wacoochee Elementary School, East Smiths Station Elementary School, South Smiths Station Elementary School, and West Smiths Station Elementary School.
During the program’s debut year more than 11,000 drawing studies were presented to every 6th grade student at the subscribing schools. Upon 6th grade graduation, students received art study portfolios featuring every rendering developed over the year of study. A collective student exhibition was coordinated with the Alabama Historical Commission and Alabama State Capitol (*due to the COVID-19 world health crisis, this exhibition was transferred to an online exhibit gallery for appropriate accessibility.)