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Art, Pencils, Education from Harriete Estel Berman

Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin installed at Anita Seipp Gallery
Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA

Four years of effort and thousands of pencils from all over the world are now threaded together in this installation highlighting the impact of standardized testing on our educational system.

Your invited to the public reception.
Thursday, March 22
, 6-8pm at the Anita Seipp Gallery in Palo Alto, CA.

IMG_7747A documentary video in progress will include commentary from students and teachers about how standardized tests are affecting our education system at the expense of the arts, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking. Video clips of the fabrication and installation of the sculpture offer viewers deeper insight into the creative process.

Pencil Symposium Students Waiting for the video taping of the discussionWaitingThanks to a $5,000 grant awarded by the Applied Materials Foundation through the Arts Council of Silicon Valley, a Pencil Symposium was filmed on March 15th at Castilleja School. Prompted by the sculpture, students from four local public and private high schools joined in a discussion about the impact of standardized testing on their education. See their responses here.


Help create a voice for the arts
PencilPoint3763closeup72To help complete the full video, the project needs a final $10,000 of funding for video camera operators, audio recordings, editing, music, etc. A crowd source fundraising on KICKSTARTER is in progress until April 15, 2012. Please consider helping by informing your friends and pledging on KICKSTARTER. A wide range of pledge levels is available starting with the Pencil Makes a Point Postcard ($10 for a signed card) on up to the coveted Patron of the Arts Meets The Artist ($2,500 for a gourmet dinner for 4 prepared by Harriete plus a studio visit and DVD of the final video).
See the rewards for every pledge level.  

Watch this short video clip about the project, it isn't professional quality, but it get the idea across.
Don't hesitate, pledge on Kickstarter before April 15th!
Guess what!
$445.00 is currently pledged toward the $10,000.00 goal.