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To help support the Wright Design program, the Community Education Department applied for and received two grants from Freeport-McMoRan Mini-Grant for Education for $1,500 and the D-backs School Challenge Grant for $5,000. These funds will allow the district to purchase the supplies needed for the teacher supply kits, which have all the resources needed to teach the program for the current school year, as well as the 2020-21 school year.
“I love that we can introduce young children to architecture and the principles of design at a young age. The skills they learn and the enthusiasm they have for their learning can last a lifetime,” said Natalie Wilcox, director of the Community Education Department.
This year, 16 schools and 23 classrooms will participate in the Wright Design program. On Feb. 11th, participating teachers attended training at Taliesin West, where they received an overview of the program, a tour, and kits were distributed. Through engaging lessons, students learn about Frank Lloyd Wright, how nature inspired his art and architecture, patterns and shapes found in nature, as well as creating their own unique, artful stained glass.
The Arizona Diamondback Foundation will honor grant recipients before the March 30th game against the San Francisco Giants.
Created in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Education Department and PVSchools Community Education Department, the Wright Design pilot program launched in 2018 and is currently being developed to expand into more than 150 classrooms across Arizona.