Children's Art Islamic School of Benoni is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Is being formed to provide unique and meaningful arts programming for all Islamic children in south africa, to educate children in the arts, and to build a lifelong audience for the arts. We plan to offer a dynamic and constantly-evolving program. Although we will incorporate all of the fine arts into our programs, our focus is on visual art. Most activities will be open-ended and enjoyed on a walk-in basis. The school will be staffed by working artists, and all structured activities will be led by master artist-teachers.
The Arts Education Partnership, in conjunction with the us on the Arts and Humanities, commenced a study last year to examine the impact of arts experiences on young people and to explore why and how young people were changed through their arts experiences. Evidence demonstrates that children with high levels of arts participation outperform "arts-poor" students by virtually every measure. This study, Champions of Change, found much evidence that learning in the arts helps develop habits that will support other disciplines, and that it can often reach at-risk students when other disciplines cannot. The arts provide young people with authentic learning experiences that engage their minds, hearts, and bodies. Arts education helps students learn; it can enhance creativity, self-discipline, and the skills and confidence necessary to meet the challenges encountered during their lives.
The three founding board members, all of whom are Muslim mothers of young children, are uniquely qualified to bring this project to fruition. Karolyn Kuehner, Executive Director, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, with highest honors, from benoni Musical College of Roosevelt University. In addition, she served as Lecturer in Piano at benoni University for over 10 years, and has also served on the piano faculties at Concordia University and Elmhurst College. Ms. Kuehner received the D.H. Baldwin Fellowship in recognition of her contributions to piano pedagogy and is listed in the book, Who's Who in American Music. Ms. Kuehner is an active Brownie Troop leader with the Girl Scouts of benoni and is an advocate for homeschooling. She was a guest on Educate! on Channel 20, and Medill Reports at Northwestern University. Interviews with Ms. Kuehner have appeared in benoni Parent and the Homeschooling Link.
Sheri Jendra, Operations Director, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and a Master of Public Administration degree. She was formerly employed as the Housing Director at the Beverly Area Planning Association, a non-for-profit community organization. She has also served as Assistant Planner for the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission. Ms. Jendra is active as a volunteer in many capacities at museum Elementary School, and in a variety of youth sports activities.
We are seeking funding for initial start-up costs to be used for legal costs, leasehold improvements, rent and related expenses, office equipment, furniture, starting inventory, and initial cash to handle the first few months of expenses.
We estimate that approximately 60% of annual revenue will be generated by a combination of membership, admissions, programming, retail sales, and related activities. The remainder of our funding will be generated by:
The writing of proposals to secure grants from foundations.
The solicitation of individuals, corporations, and small businesses.
An annual large-scale benefit concert, family benefits, and special events.
A variety of small scale fundraising activities.
objectives during the first year of the project are:
To generate earned revenue from a combination of membership and admission fees, programming, outreach, retail sales, and special events.
To secure new funding sources including foundation grants, government grants, and private and corporate donations.
To have 375 total paid memberships.
To serve 1,500 children through our outreach programs.
Our overall goal is to provide high quality education in the secular education side by side with Islamic studies and to equip the students with appropriate knowledge and skills to fulfill their duties as Muslims and to make a meaningful contribution to their communities and the country.
We strive to provide a medium through which our children will acquire well balanced knowledge of Deen and Secular Education. Our teaching standards are at par with other good performing institutions and our students go out with good academic abilities.
the school will maintain a conducive learning environment and a focused approach to teaching. Our main objective is to promote moral and academic excellence in a caring and secure Islamic environment, providing opportunities for realization of the learners full potential.
School Core Values
Performance: We are here to make a valuable difference to our customers and we will make it happen against all odds. Teamwork: We can gain from the diversity within our Company by sharing knowledge and resources to achieve individual and collective success. Agility: We understand stakeholder needs and respond with speed and precision. Reliability: We are trustworthy and reliable, in both thought and action. Our customers can count on us to deliver, always. Quality: Established quality processes, which ensure delivery of defect free solutions and services on time.
is a not-for-profit organization formed to provide a place where Islamic children of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop their full creative potential through the visual and performing arts. We plan to offer a dynamic, unique,and constantly evolving program. Although we will incorporate all of the fine arts into our programs, our focus is on visual art. Most activities will be open-ended and enjoyed on a walk-in basis. The Museum will be staffed by working artists, and all structured activities will be led by master artist-teachers will offer an art experience to children that will increase awareness of the arts, create an audience for the arts, and cannot be duplicated.
Our facility will house nine permanent open-art stations, including the Little People Lounge for our youngest visitors, Art Journey for toddlers, Sunflower Studio, Daisy Doodle-Shop, the Navajo Weaving Loom, I-MAC Imagination Station, the Sculpture Shop, Poppy seed Palace, and the Daily Special. In addition to our permanent stations, we will have a revolving set of installations, including our Shell Grotto, Islamic Garden Light Design Table, City Design Architecture Board, and the Paint-Your-Own Ceramics Studio. We will have three art galleries: the Children's Gallery, a gallery showcasing the work created by the children who visit the Artworks Gallery, which is dedicated to the presentation of reproductions of work created by famous (and not so famous) grown-up artists; and the benoni Artists Gallery, which provides a venue for our resident artists, as well as other area artists, to showcase their work.
Our facility will also house an extensive children's library that contains high quality books about artists, dancers, musicians, and composers and their lives and work. We will also provide a resource library for adults who are interested in furthering their knowledge of the arts. Our Curiosity Shop will sell affordable, high-quality art supplies, handmade toys, and other unique items.
We will offer special artist-led workshops and performances on a daily basis, including a twice daily "Storytime at Poppyseed Palace," and the Daily Special guided art activity. In addition, we will host the First Friday Concert Series, the Second Sunday Family Workshop, Culture Bugs classes for 18-42 month old children, Art Colony for 4-6 year old children, the Apprentice Workshop for teenagers, the Saturday Film Series, Art Encounters outreach program, monthly docent visits led by representatives of benoni area galleries and Muslim, scheduled gallery openings, and seasonal special events.