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Art teacher Rob Nowlin and his students at Romine Elementary School of the Little Rock School District received high-quality art supplies from Theas Art Closet in the spring of 2012.
  • Art teacher Rob Nowlin and his students at Romine Elementary School of the Little Rock School District received high-quality art supplies from Thea's Art Closet in the spring of 2012.

The Thea Foundation, which has provided nearly $1 million in arts supplies over five years to 388 Arkansas schools, has partnered with DonorsChoose.org, which connects donors with educators in need of materials. Teachers in all arts disciplines can apply for matching mini-grants donated by Thea through DonorsChoose.org.

Thea’s Art Closet will also provide visual arts matching grants for visual arts teachers only, based on need. The program will provide art teachers a singular donation to support one year of supplies.

There's more information on the DonorsChoose.org and the Visual Arts Matching Grants on Thea's website, or you may call Nick Leopoulos at 379-9512 with specific questions. To see projects funded by DonorsChoose, go here. To see projects in need of funding, go here.

Coincidentally, the subject of teachers having to pay for materials was addressed in a post on the Arkansas blog calling attention to our Orval cartoon this week.

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