Art teachers are typically very open-minded when it comes to embracing other countries and cultures. Many of them had the opportunity to learn about artists from around the world, and the impact that history and culture had on the work that those artists created. Art teachers are also charged with the task of inspiring students to think beyond what they have seen so far in their lives and to visualize, imagine and be creative. To that end, the AFS-USA Marketing Team created the Visual Storyteller Scholarship. This scholarship is one where high school-aged applicants are using photography and digital media to capture and tell a story about something they find meaningful using captions and narration. You can read the rest of the details here as well as find information to post this scholarship on social media and share it with any and every art teacher that you know. Even if you only know the elementary art teacher in the local school, send it to them and ask them to connect you to the high school art teacher so you can share it and help promote it to the art club, photography club or students!
Because teachers are typically quite busy, you’ll need something to give to the educator so you can establish a connection. Scholarships are an easy way to do this because we have entered an era of equity, inclusion and accessibility. Therefore, teachers are always seeking ways to help their students who come from a less privileged background find ways to feel successful, change their circumstances and understand that their skills in any area can be an advantage to them. Thus, a merit-based scholarship looks at nothing other than the student’s skill and allows a student to showcase their abilities. In this case, it relates to their ability to tell a story visually through photography and video.
By following this link, you will find a page with various introductions and closures along with a body that details the scholarship that you can send to local art teachers. The more they share this information with students, the more the AFS-USA name gets in the hands of students which could prompt any sort of involvement with the organization. You are strongly encouraged to share this scholarship information directly via email as a means to meet educators and build relationships. You can also use the social media photo to tag all of your educator friends on social media so they’ll tag their art teacher friends and/or simply share with their students. You can even share the 1-page handout and the website with a brief description with the leaders of your state’s Art Education Association.
To learn more about how to use Visual Storyteller as an Educational Tool, watch this webinar recording (or download the slides) featuring AFS-USA School Outreach Director Jill Woerner and Educator Allison Haltom.