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September 23, 2014 07:00 ET

Art.com Selects Three Elementary Schools as Finalists in National Program Supporting Art Education

Nationwide 'Art Sparks Learning™' Voting Is Now Live

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 23, 2014) - Art.com, the world's leading online destination dedicated to experiencing and buying art, today announced the schools nominated for its fall Art Sparks Learning program dedicated to supporting art education and inspiring the artists of tomorrow. Chosen from nominations submitted nationwide, three schools have been selected as finalists and given 20 pieces of framed art each to enjoy as well as the chance to win the grand prize -- a $1,000 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials.

"Art.com believes art in education is essential. We are delighted to continue our ongoing commitment to provide access to art in schools," said Geoffroy Martin, CEO of Art.com. "Our national Art Sparks Learning program is designed to spark creativity in classrooms and help students develop life-long skills such as self-expression, perseverance, focus and collaboration."

Art.com's international Art Sparks Learning program has donated more than 300 pieces of art to schools in the U.S., U.K. and France since the program's 2012 launch. The three newest U.S. Art Sparks Learning finalists nominated are:

  • Kepler Neighborhood School; Fresno, California: This public charter school exists to inspire students to find passion and joy in learning and become caring members of their community. The new inspirational artworks they chose from Art.com will help motivate students to develop their creative skills and discover the artist within.
  • P.S. 126 Jacob August Riis; New York, New York: Located in the heart of Chinatown, this school is dedicated to ensuring its students have rich and exciting learning experiences through strong academic, sports, music and arts programs. The curated collection from Art.com will be displayed with students' artwork throughout the school to inspire creativity and encourage them to express themselves.
  • Marlboro Elementary: Louisville, Ohio: Art.com's donated pieces will introduce students to art and integrate it into the school's programs to activate and enhance right-brain activity.

"Art is a major factor in driving optimism and creativity," said Robert Buchsbaum CEO of Blick Art Materials. "Our deeply rooted investment in arts and education is nurtured through programs such as Art.com's Art Sparks Learning. Our hope is that this donation of art supplies will help the winning school's teachers engage students and enrich their overall learning experience."

From now until Oct. 17, 2014, people may vote for their favorite school among the finalists to win the grand prize by visiting www.art.com/artsparks. The winning school will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. For ongoing updates on the Art Sparks Learning campaign, follow #ArtSparks on Twitter.

About Art.com
Art.com is the world's leading online destination for experiencing and buying high-quality wall art. Offering the largest selection of handpicked art images, as well as custom framing, specialty printing, and interactive visualization tools, Art.com helps everyone explore, experiment with and express themselves through artwork -- and have fun doing it. At Art.com, customers can also shop curated collections from tastemakers and trendsetters. Art.com is forever leading the way art is experienced and consumed -- through service, technology and craftsmanship -- to help people find art they love so they can love their spaces more. A division of Art.com Inc., Art.com is based in Emeryville, Calif.

About Blick Art Materials
 
Founded in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1911, Blick Art Materials is the largest provider of art supplies in the United States, with 72 retail stores nationwide. The company's extensive selection, competitive prices, and superior customer service make Blick the best choice for art educators, students, artists, architects, designers, hobbyists, or anyone requiring quality art materials for work or pleasure. A long-time advocate of art education in the U.S., Blick also provides support of scholastic, collegiate, and professional art shows, both financially and through a variety of materials that emphasize the benefits of art education. Blick also supports the communities in which it does business by sponsoring in-store events, local schools, art leagues, and community groups across the country. For more information about Blick Art Materials, visit www.dickblick.com.

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