Research Report: A (Brush)Stroke Of Genius: Artists Share What Inspires Them

Protecting Art Education

Seventy percent of Americans are concerned about the future of art education, with good reason. An April 2012 report by the U.S. Department of Education showed that over the last decade, the percentage of elementary schools without a visual arts class rose from 13 to 17 percent.

Three-fifths (57 percent) of those surveyed confess that they themselves don't do enough to support art education. Not surprisingly, 67 percent are interested in learning how they can support the future of art education.

In response, Blick and, the award-winning website for mothers, have teamed up to pair 50 art teachers with 50 bloggers. The teachers will sign up for Art Room Aid to request necessary funding for their class projects, and the bloggers will encourage their networks to rally behind the projects to help the teachers achieve their goals.

"This effort is a perfect way for arts enthusiasts to introduce children in their communities to essential creative learning," says Stufflebeem.

About the Surveys

Survey results were extrapolated from a national online survey of:

  • 500 Americans who self-identified as artists, either by trade or hobby (Artists' Inspiration Survey)
  • 1,000 Americans (Art Education Survey)

The surveys were conducted by Lab42 from November 16-21, 2012. The margin of error for national findings is +/- 3.1 percentage points.

About Art Room Aid

Art Room Aid was created in 2009. If you're an art educator, Art Room Aid provides the tools to easily share your dreams and funding needs without complicated applications or fees that take away from contributions. If you're an arts advocate, you can quickly locate a project that resonates with you and make a high-quality contribution that will go directly to a project in need.

About Blick Art Materials

Blick Art Materials is one of the largest and oldest providers of art supplies in the United States. Its products cater to the full spectrum of artists - from the youngest child ready to scribble with his or her first crayon to well-known, gallery-represented professionals. The company's extensive selection, competitive prices, and superior customer service make Blick the choice for professional and amateur artists, art educators, architects, designers, students, hobbyists, or anyone requiring quality art materials for work or pleasure. Visit for more information.

Research Report: A (Brush)Stroke Of Genius: Artists Share What Inspires Them