Mayor Judy Nadler

ArtCamp at the Triton Museum of Arts

Quality of Instruction & Participant Performance

The goal of the ArtCamp program is to provide a series of exceptional week-long immersion programs in art education for children between five and fifteen years of age in support of the mission of the Triton Museum of Art. The ArtCamp program at the Triton Museum of Art was launched in the summer of 1997 and is now expanding into the school vacation weeks.

The ArtCamp Educators are academically trained artists and credentialed art educators who introduce their students to the history and techniques of art through a series of lessons based on the concurrent exhibitions in the Museum and the visual arts framework of the state of California.

Program Design & Creative Content

ArtCamp sessions are offered on-site at the Museum, with hours that extend from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We provide a safe, engaging, educational environment with an excellent minimum ratio of one educator to every five students. Designed to provide intensive, exhibit-based art instruction, the five-day camp involves four components: 1) the exploration of art history and appreciation through inquiry-based dialogues and gallery tours; 2) the development of visual literacy through looking exercises and the introduction of art-related vocabulary; 3) extensive instruction and practice in the technical use of a wide range of art materials; 4) the creation of artwork using the contemporaneous exhibitions of art at the Museum.

Creativity of the Programís Approach Toward Engaging Youth Participants

At ArtCamp, the students learn about the history of art, the contributions of specific artists, the basic elements of art and design, and special art-based vocabulary words. Each lesson culminates in a hands-on art activity that ties together all of these concepts, focusing on the creative process and artistic problem solving. The Triton Museum of Art, City of Santa Clara 1999 Nomination/Christina Mattin Award program objectives are: 1) to provide opportunities for guided reflection, analysis, and discussion of artworks both in the museum and in the art classroom; 2) to provide opportunities for personal skill development, with emphasis on the creative process as well as the product; 3) to foster visually literate citizens with a lifelong commitment to the arts; 4) to develop students' appreciation for and understanding of the artworks of many cultures and periods in world history.

The integration of support services, prevention strategies, and child development components with arts/performing arts programming.

ArtCamp participants come from all social and economic backgrounds with scholarships available for anyone demonstrating financial need. Over 10% of the scholarship money is reserved for students from the Santa Clara County Children's Shelter. These students participate in regular ArtCamp sessions, providing a new environment away from the shelter and allowing integration with other students of the same age. ArtCamp's small class size and open atmosphere gives students many opportunities to interact with their instructors and other students. All students are expected to follow the same rules of behavior, with emphasis on teamwork and respect and consideration for everyone involved in ArtCamp.

Evidence that the program is making a positive impact on the attitudes and development of children and youth through improved school grades, improved school attendance, increased knowledge of regarding at-risk behaviors, etc.

The ArtCamp Program is evaluated an ongoing basis using on-site observation and written evaluation instruments developed specifically for the program. ArtCamp does not evaluate student art or student performance with grades or other similar measures. Student accomplishment is judged on an individual basis, with achievement and growth over the week taking precedence over one project. Students and instructors work together on artistic problem solving Triton Museum of Art, City of Santa Clara 1999 nomination/Christina Mattin Award and guidance is provided at every step of the way. Students are also encouraged to work together and to learn from each other. On the final day of ArtCamp, a graduation ceremony is held with parents, care givers, counselors, and Triton Museum staff in attendance. Each student receives a certificate for completion of the program, and teachers speak of something special and unique about each student. In this way, students receive special recognition and acknowledgment for their personal achievements. Educational research affirms that a positive correlation exists between regular art instruction and many important attributes, including high self-esteem, confidence, motivation, problem-solving skills, and reduced drop-out rates due to a heightened interest in school. Our goal is to provide a program through which each participant is empowered with the background and technical skills needed to express him or herself freely and successfully using artistic media.

Role of the Mayor & City Government In This Program

The Triton Museum of Art is honored to have the full support of the Mayor and City Council of Santa Clara. The city's involvement goes beyond annual financial support ($316,100 in the 1999-2000 FY City budget and $250,000 in the 1998-1999 FY City budget) to include active participation in Museum events, programs, and fund-raisers. Mayor Nadler has been an active supporter of the Triton, serving as a City Council liaison to the Board of Directors. She also served as a member of the board of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley from 1990 to 1994. The city of Santa Clara owns the land and all the buildings that make up the Triton Museum of Art, including the ArtCamp classroom. They maintain the property and buildings, which the Triton Museum leases from the city for $1.00 per year. The city assists with museum promotion and also funded ($100,000 in the 1998-1999 FY City budget) the reinstallation and redesign of the Austen D. Warburton Collection of American Indian Art and Artifacts which served as the basis for the 1999 ArtCamp curriculum. Triton Museum of Art, City of Santa Clara 1999 Nomination/Christina Mattin Award

Demonstration of Community-Wide Support and/or Involvement

ArtCamp is offered to all children in the Santa Clara community and throughout the Bay Area. Scholarships allow for students of all economic and social backgrounds to attend the program. ArtCamp has grown steadily every year since 1997. Because ArtCamp is outside of the regular school curricula and regular school day, it allows for children from different schools and different backgrounds to interact in a safe, open environment outside of normal school parameters.

A Description of Financing Mechanisms For The Program

Please include general formation about the financing provided by your city government as well as specific information about any other sources of funding. Scholarships are available for children from lower income and disadvantaged situations. Funding for these scholarships in 1998 and 1999 have been provided by the Silicon Valley Charity Ball Foundation. Other students pay a tuition fee which is affordable, yet covers the costs of instruction and materials. General overhead for Triton Museum staff and Education programs come from a combination of city support and corporate and foundation grants.


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