Artmobile Profile: Leslie Stewart, Cook Elementary

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Leslie Stewart, art educator at Cook Elementary

Leslie Stewart, art educator at Cook Elementary

Leslie Stewart, art educator at Cook Elementary school in Fort Smith, brought the Artmobile to her school because many students may otherwise never have an opportunity to visit an art museum.

“It’s my responsibility to provide art experiences for them, and here was one put right in front of me,” Stewart says. She shared the provided curriculum guide with teachers in all grades and subjects, but was especially pleased with the quality of the gallery tours led by Artmobile Specialist Katie Combs. “She was fantastic with all grade levels! The discussions she led were gracefully guided with each new class,” Stewart says. “I may have begun the conversation with the students, but she continued and enhanced the experience for the students beautifully.”

Stewart notes that parents were appreciative of such a wonderful experience. “When my artists go home talking about art, or the experiences I’ve given them, or families have discussions about art at the elementary level, I know I’ve done my job. In these days of standardized testing, where it often seems creativity and artistic activities have been removed from the regular classroom, art class is more important than ever… I cannot do it completely without outside resources.”

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