Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Importance of Art

As some our readers may know, recent cutbacks in state funding for public education led to the elimination of the arts education program at Ocracoke School.

In an effort to continue arts programming for Ocracoke School students, Ocracoke Alive has made a commitment to work with the Ocraocke school to provide weekly classes, beginning in January of 2015 for grades pre-K through 8th.

There are several ways for Ocracoke residents and off-island friends to help make this program a success.

If you are an artist interested in applying to teach in the Arts Partnership Program, or if you just want more information, click here:

To make a financial contribution, click here:

Art is an important part of a fulfilled life. Ocracoke students deserve an art education.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the seldom told story of the 1837 murder of Willis Williams by Jacob Gaskill. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous3:35 PM

    wanna fulfill those kids lives.......have them donate that money toward doing something good for other kids, who not only don't have crayons but a decent life....there is your fulfillment. anyone NOT agree? better lives for the needy or "the arts"

  2. Debbie Leonard4:57 PM

    While I appreciate what Arts Alive is doing I find it pitiful that a non-profit group must recruit volunteers to do what public schools should be providing. And for the comment above, art is vital to life; it is not some high-brow advantage for those who have everything. Not only does instruction in the arts carry over into math, science and language arts, some children do not excel in academics or sports and find their talents in art, music, drama, etc. Without the exposure to these things, where would these children be?

  3. Vickie P7:36 PM

    Art is what makes life worth living :)

  4. Vickie8:42 PM

    Amendment- art is ONE of the things that makes life worth living !