My name is Amy Friedman and I am owner and creator of Smart with Art, the newest Art Education program available to preschool and elementary schools on the Eastside and Greater Seattle Area. I have created a mobile art education program for young children. The in-school art education field trips have been developed in collaboration with the Bellevue Arts Museum. This special curriculum is brand new and we are excited to share it with your school. Smart with Art will provide in-house field trips to elementary schools, after school art classes, art enrichment programs at preschools, along with birthday parties at the Bellevue Arts Museum and special events. I felt the need to start this new business when I saw art education being cut from so many of our public schools. I have designed the entire curriculum to meet state standards for art education. Some may ask “Why is art education important?” Research shows that involvement in arts education can help ensure a child’s success in school and life! America for the Arts (www.americaforthearts.com) reports that young people who consistently participate in art programs are: • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem Please feel free to contact me for additional information!