“Kids who get involved in arts have higher grades, higher graduation rates, and higher college enrollment rates . . . the bottom line is arts education isn’t something we add on after we’ve achieved other priorities, like raising test scores, and getting kids into college. Art actually is critical for achieving those priorities in the first place.”

— First Lady Michelle Obama

An important mission of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies is to inspire and educate the next generation of artists and cultural diplomats. Increased statistics show the positive impact art has on cognitive development; over 89% of elementary school principals and 76% of parents are now categorizing art as a high priority in schools.

FAPE has partnered with Crayola to provide elementary school instructors with art integrated lesson plans and creative leadership professional development materials. Using FAPE’s Collection and cultural insights as inspiration, Crayola has developed exercises that build educators and students creative capacity.

Crayola is currently accepting entries for the 2016 Art Exhibition. The curated collection will be donated to the U.S. Department of Education to become part of its permanent collection of children’s original art. Click here to read more about how to submit artwork for consideration.

Gee’s Bend Quilts & Dana Elementary School
Hendersonville, North Carolina

Joel Shapiro’s Now & American International School
Guangzhou, China

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