Why Art Boxes?
The Texas Cultural Trust’s research has illustrated the lack of equity in quality arts education access between school districts, campuses, and among various demographics, long before the impact of COVID- 19. The Trust has also reported on how the arts improve mental health and sustain social and emotional learning while also increasing academic success and cultivating lifelong skills including collaboration, communication, critical thinking, innovation, creativity, and problem solving.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, access to arts education has never been more important. We know that quarantine restrictions have negatively affected the emotional and mental health of students and families. The impact of COVID-19 on families with lower incomes has been disproportionate on all levels.
Reinforced by these findings, the Trust responded by launching the Art Box Pilot Project within its Arts Access program to provide students of Title I communities with basic art resources to encourage creativity, help them express their feelings, reflect on current events, and engage with others at home. Amplified through the limitations of virtual learning, we are aware that many students in marginalized communities do not own or have these types of supplies at home.