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The Art Closet is a for-students-by-students initiative that aims to provide access to free art supplies to visual arts students from, underprivileged,and marginalized communities. This provides students with the opportunity to continue to pursue their degree and build a better and stronger campus community and climate.
We strive to build community partnerships and strengthen community engagement, access to resources, and the promotion of art education.
Primarily for students at the University of North Texas, The Art Closet aims to support students taking courses in the College of Visual Arts & Design.
Read more about our target population below.
Our mission is to provide free access to art supplies for visual arts students.
Our vision is to increase the retention of visual arts students in need and encourage their college success by eliminating the financial hardships of purchasing art supplies needed for their courses.
The target population for The Art Closet for the 2020-2021 school year will be visual arts students at the University of North Texas who come from underserved communities or are experiencing financial hardships and are pursuing a degree or minor from the College of Visual Arts & Design. Specifically, these communities tend to consist of people from low-income households and marginalized communities.
The art closet: Public art project
Our Founder recently received a grant and Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the University of North Texas (UNT) to expand the initiative into a public art research project that will be mobile and accessible to College of Visual Arts & Design students.
The project will continue the initiative's purpose to distribute art supplies to students on campus. The expansion will also support the initiative to increase programming for the local community.This will increase community and campus engagement through programming and support. The project will continue to cater to students who identify with BIPOC communities who typically fall victim to systemic racism and poverty.
Through The Art Closet public art project, we hope to encourage retention and academic success among UNT’s visual arts students and create new opportunities to expand UNT’s mission on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Click here to read more about our team!