Testimonials

“YEA Arts targets kids with limited opportunities but endless curiosity.”
            - Heather Dunhill, The Sarasota Herald Tribune

“I can not begin to describe what a wonderful experience this has been.”
            - Dawn Burns, Teacher Gocio Elementary School

“The expressions on the students’ faces when they saw their ideas – that big – were priceless.”
            - Dawn Burns, Teacher Gocio Elementary School

“Many of my students come from difficult backgrounds, and many of them have poor self esteem. The YEA! Arts program provides an opportunity for them to be a part of something bigger.”
            - Susan Forrest, Teacher Phoenix Academy

“The YEA Arts program has helped me to become a better teacher by offering the extra support I need to reach these students.”
            - Susan Forrest, Teacher Phoenix Academy

“I can’t believe that we built a camera that actually works! I can’t wait to show my family!”
            - Samantha D., Student Phoenix Academy

“I learned that the vision process in humans is very much like a camera. This was a very cool project.”
            - Brandon B., Student Phoenix Academy

“I learned that the lens of a camera is like your cornea of your eye, and the pupil of your eye is like the shutter of the camera.”
            - Madison W., Student Phoenix Academy

“I love to take pictures.”
            - Megan D., Student Phoenix Academy

“I wish I were given this opportunity in my early education, so I want to help these kids out.”
            - Christine Faulkner, Student Ringling College

“I learned that art is not just a picture its expressing what you see.”
            - Maria M., Student Gocio Elementary School

“The best part was when we used our own imagination to tell a story through a quilt.”
            - Alex K., Student Gocio Elementary School

“I have really appreciated the Ringling students coming to our school to work with us.”
            - Emalie W., Student Gocio Elementary School

“I think art is exhilarating because I can express my feelings with inanimate objects.”
            - Maggie H., Student Gocio Elementary School

“I learned that it didn’t matter what I knew to start, but how much effort I put into it.”
            - Zachary L., Student Gocio Elementary School

“It inspired me to draw more and use my creativity when writing stories.”
            - Jose E., Student Gocio Elementary School

“I never believed in myself before, but when I learned the steps I knew I could do it.”
            - Byron W. Student Gocio Elementary School

“I learned that I have confidence in myself!”
            - Jose M., Student Gocio Elementary School

“All this plus a huge improvement in their desire to read!”
            - Michelle Rivas, Teacher Gocio Elementary School

“[My] students learned that they could accomplish any challenge or goal they set their minds to… they felt great pride in themselves…”
            - Michelle Rivas, Teacher Gocio Elementary School

“Seeing your paintings on a public wall really makes you feel good about yourself.”
            - Rebecca G., Student Gocio Elementary School

“Painting with Erica and Jorge was the most fun because I never got to work with an artist before!”
            - Van H., Student Gocio Elementary School

“It was so awesome because they let us do college stuff, like scratch board art!”
            - Aaron N., Student Gocio Elementary School

“The most memorable part is when we paint because it’s like graffiti, but you don’t get in trouble.”
            - Gaspar R., Student Gocio Elementary School

“I can tell my mom and dad that my whole class gets to go paint with artists!”
            - Miranda W., Student Gocio Elementary School

“[My students] were insanely excited!”
            - Sandy White, Teacher Gocio Elementary School

“The added expertise of the artists brought so much more to my students than I could ever have done alone.”
            - Sandy White, Teacher Gocio Elementary School

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