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- The Crayola Dream-Makers program was started in 1984 to draw attention to the importance of art in education. It offers teachers hands-on lesson ideas designed to incite students’ imaginations based on annual themes.
- The 2002-2003 Dream-Makers curriculum guide, "Weaving What We Are," encourages children to celebrate the events and people who are important to them through their art-making activities.
- From thousands of artworks submitted annually from K – 6th grade students, 200 pieces are selected by a jury of educators who are knowledgeable and familiar with children’s art. Selections are based on visual appeal, originality, age appropriateness, craftsmanship and the child’s "dream statement."
- Students and their teachers are formally recognized at opening ceremonies where the artwork is exhibited. Some former Dream-Makers honorees remember this experience as a turning point in their lives because it gave them a heightened sense of confidence and self-esteem.
- This year’s exhibit at The Crayola Factory and Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College is the first national exhibit of Crayola Dream-Makers art. Children from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii have traveled to be recognized at the exhibit opening on Sunday, August 17.
- Selected artwork becomes part of Binney & Smith’s collection of children’s art -- one of the largest in the world. It is displayed in Binney & Smith’s headquarters, on the World Wide Web at www.crayola.com/dreammakers, and in brochures and publications. Dream-Makers art is also on display at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., and is part of traveling exhibits at children’s museums across the country.
- Studies show that participating in art activities helps develop students’ thinking skills, students who participate in the arts are more likely to set goals and successfully achieve them, and they are more likely to continue education after high school.
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