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Posted on: February 19, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Arts and Culture Board Promotes GSES Call for Artists

Buddy Bench Chair Photo

The City of Glenwood Springs Arts and Culture Board encourages local artists to apply for and support the Buddy Bench Program at Glenwood Springs Elementary School.

The faculty and staff at Glenwood Springs Elementary School is bringing the important and inclusive Buddy Bench program to its campus. Founded in 2016 by a 5th-grade student in Pennsylvania, the Buddy Bench program creates an opportunity for students to be aware of their fellow classmates, and to include them in group activities. The student in Pennsylvania, Christian Bucks, asked his principal to install a special, colorful bench on the playground. If a child was sitting on it alone, it was a signal to the other kids to ask him or her to play. There are now an estimated 2,000 schools with Buddy Benches throughout the United States.

Glenwood Springs Elementary seeks help in a creative interactive project to design six Buddy Benches. Each bench will be themed according to their Habits of Scholar (Compassion, Responsibility, Determination, Wonder, Enthusiasm and Teamwork). Selected artists will work side by side with a class or group of students to design the bench, advising them on color, design and painting techniques. Paint supplies and benches—the school has chosen a wooden Adirondack-style bench—will be supplied to the artists.

The time frame for the project is from 3-6 months, and will begin Monday, February 25, 2019.  Applicants must have demonstrated experience working with young children in an instructive capacity.

If you are interested, please send your resume and qualifications to Susan Mount at smount@rfschools.com, or (970) 384-6111. 

This announcement is being distributed through the City of Glenwood Springs Arts and Culture Board.

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