Sowing Seeds of Support for OAT
By Bob Reeker, OATK12 Co-Director
Posted on September 21, 2021
The act of sowing has been utilized by people for centuries. The ability to sow or plant seeds has been a critical behavior in creating sustenance for humans and animals. Living in Nebraska, I understand how agriculture is a major sector of the state’s economy. Nebraska farmers and the “seeds they sow” are the backbone of Nebraska’s growth as a state.
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Similar can be said of OATK12. Our members and our team leaders have and continue to plant the seeds of support for one another. Since our inception in March 2020, nearly 20,000 art educators from all over the world have forged a sense of help and hope for one another as a form of sustenance; advice and ideas that have supported one another through some of the most difficult teaching situations in education history.
“Philosophical as well as ‘hands on’ information was presented which was welcomed.”
Additionally, what’s great is that the 2021 Summer Camp OATK12 support continues in having archived recorded sessions available indefinitely at: https://www.onlineartteachers.com/camp-oatk12-2021. Visit now and visit often to support your growth as an art educator in supporting your learners every day!
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From my school building in Lincoln, Nebraska, we can see the iconic Nebraska state building. On the very top, a statuesque bronze sower over 19’ tall made by New York sculptor Lee Lawrie oversees downtown Lincoln. It is a symbol of the act of sowing, a vital part of the Nebraska economy. Sowing seeds of sustenance. And just like the symbolism of Lawrie’s sculpture as a sower of seeds , OATK12 has been a support system symbolizing how art educators can step up and help one another to best serve learners through visual arts. The need continues. Turn to each other with your questions, your ideas for support, and most anything else that will make your work with learners the most effective and the best it can be for all involved.