Yeah, Art! Students Featured on NBC’s “Play It Forward”
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the shoot, where The Big Kids work with their students to use unconventional instruments to record and remix the Globetrotters’ classic theme song.
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Co-Founder & Executive Director: Ja Ronn Thompson
To make arts education more inclusive, accessible and relevant.
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Art is an endangered subject. When schools face budget cuts, arts programs are often the first to be sacrificed. Grassroots organizations like Yeah, Art! are helping keep creativity in classrooms, with a focus on the historically marginalized districts that need it most.
Driving Artistic Careers Through a Living Wage
Yeah, Art! also creates more equitable arts education for teachers. A core component of the organization’s mandate is to pay its diverse teaching team the radically ethical wage of $125 per hour. “This ensures teaching artists are compensated for not only their time in the classroom, but their hours of preparation and years of experience,” said Education Director Angel Adedokun.
The organization is hoping to raise funds to grow its staff to reach more students. Currently $6,000 pays one teaching artist of color for one course of instruction for one trimester, while $20,000 covers one teacher for one course for an entire school year.
Additional needs include technology to help students record and produce their projects. $10,000 provides the technology for students to develop modern digital art skills, with a goal of purchasing 10 new laptops plus arts software.
“We’re designing arts education for a new generation,” said Thompson. “We want to see this as the new standard in the Bay Area and beyond.”
California Arts Council
City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Division
Golden State Warriors
Oakland Unified School District
Roosevelt Middle School