How might I create an Art kit that will help with the brain development for young African American students?

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Hi, my name is Taylor Grigsby and I am a junior in high school at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland Mississippi.

After watching my video you might ask yourself what will the art kit include. I plan on including different art activities that not only stimulate the brain but include and connect emotional learning as well. After doing some research “For very young children, making art—or just talking about it—provides opportunities to learn words for colors, shapes and actions. … Decision Making: According to a report by Americans for the Artsart education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills“, according to PBS.com. Art has a heavy influence of the on the right side of the brain. Art plays a more important role in child development than you might think. Artistic activities help children learn other subjects such as reading and math. It also promotes visual, motor and social development. Using art as a vehicle for expression is enriching because children can use it as a communication tool. Different types of art can reveal children’s thoughts, feelings, and interests.

Diversity aspect:
When I started my own business I remember thinking and wishing that there were more people who looked like me in the graphic design industry. I want to break the art barriers that African American children have. Based on a new Race for Results index, the report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, compared data derived from twelve indicators of a child’s success in each stage of life and found that most children of color are less likely to grow up in economically successful families, live in supportive communities, and meet developmental, health, and educational milestones. Among other things, the report found that Asians/Pacific Islanders scored highest overall (776 out of a possible composite score of 1,000), followed by whites (704), Latinos (404), Native Americans (387), and African Americans (345), with similar results in nearly every state. Where I am from, Mississippi, African American children were faced with the greatest barriers to success and that some subgroups within the Asian/Pacific Islander and Latino communities face greater barriers than others.

I want to DEMOLISH those barriers. I want to create new expectations and break through the expectations that have been set for us.

Starting with spreading my presence using social media and then branching off to places like SCAD to help me get my name, my brand, and my product out there. Partnering up with these schools will not only offer several opportunities for the children, but also for the schools that are choosing to partner up with me. Once I start making sales, adding stock into places like Walmart and Target to help get my sales up!

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I am ready to make a difference, but the question is… ARE YOU?

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  1. Hi Taylor,
    I really like your project! I think you did a great job with it.

  2. Really hope you decide to execute on this! /Lena

  3. Hi Taylor! This is an amazing project, and I am so excited that you’re planning to bring it into the real world. Is there an option for people to donate to help your cause? What different communities and schools would this be distributed to?

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