Art In Palestine

The past few months I have had the opportunity to contribute to a new art program at a school abroad where extra-curricular activities are considered a luxury. Economic and political strife plague the area, leaving the school with a very small budget. Despite their difficult situation, this school has become well-known in its community and a cherished privilege to be enrolled in. With an average of 184 students per year, many have graduated and gone on to be doctors, lawyers, and leaders in the city. By establishing this art program we gave students a creative outlet which they did not otherwise have during a typical school day. After only a few weeks, students reported higher grades, more positive attitudes, and greater motivation in other classes. This program was planted with the purpose to grow – increasing opportunity for the students and establishing even more credibility for the school in the eyes of the city board.