Washington Elementary School
Elementary teachers Emma and Lynette work together to help teachers provide art instruction in their district schools. As art instruction is no longer a state requirement at the elementary level, they apply for grants, invite guest artists, and host regular events to help teachers plan art lessons. Looms received via the Tools for Schools grant will facilitate weaving instruction. Several rural schools can now offer weaving courses and students will have the opportunity to experience weaving.
Emma weaves with her cat
The Shaker Museum at Mount Lebanon
The Shaker Museum teaches about the value of working with one’s hands and enjoying the camaraderie of communal effort. Their ongoing Connect, Create, Contribute campaign brings community members together to learn, create and make a difference. The looms they receive through the Tools for Schools Grant will bring weaving to their programming and expand their reach.
The Shaker history is rich in textile traditions, as shown in the photo at the top.