Annual Fund

Dear Friends,

Did you know that most Title One schools in Santa Clara County do not have adequate art supplies—not even simple materials like crayons, erasers, and paper or sketchbooks? My memories of elementary school include daily art-making activities with all sorts of creative mediums, but many of today’s students in Silicon Valley lack essential art lessons in their curriculum or basic tools for playful creation.

I am writing you today because I believe this is unacceptable—and we can help solve this problem together. My family’s business, University Art, has committed to providing $10,000 in art supplies for the San José Museum of Art’s education programs this year.

We support the Museum because it serves 45,000 school-age children in Title One schools each year. As the largest provider of in-school arts education in Santa Clara County, SJMA spends over $40,000 each year on diverse, high-quality art materials—because every child should have access to art and the opportunity to express their creativity.

SJMA’s meaningful art-making experiences increase students’ enthusiasm for learning. As one local teacher explained “Aside from [SJMA] there’s no art program. I do incorporate art activities into my lessons but there’s no art class… You see their faces light up when the teaching artist comes into class.”

If your education was enhanced by the creative power of art, would you please join me in making a gift to the Museum’s Annual Fund to help ensure that our local schoolchildren have the same opportunities?

Together, we can make a lasting impact on the creative life of our community. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


With gratitude,

Cornelia Pendleton

Cornelia Pendleton
Trustee, San José Museum of Art and CFO, University Art

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