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Fluvanna County Art Program Thriving Despite Small Budget

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Teachers say the large number of people that came out to admire their students work Saturday was another sign of the community's support for the arts. Teachers say the large number of people that came out to admire their students work Saturday was another sign of the community's support for the arts.

Teachers in Fluvanna County are bracing for a school year of making the best with what little funding they have after another tight budget season. The arts are proving their resilience through lean financial times and students shared their passion for the arts at the Fine Arts Festival.

The community got a chance to hear, see and even taste students' creations Saturday. Cunningham Elementary School art and music teacher Debbie Goldie said the event shows how much is possible on a tight budget.

"I'm so proud of my students, I'm so proud of the cafeteria ladies who save all the cardboard for us to use as our painting surfaces and a lot of parents save things for me, collections of wool and different like felt and different things," Goldie said.

For the past two years, Goldie hasn't had the funding to order new materials.

"You definitely have to get creative and resourceful," she said.

Fluvanna Middle School art teacher Margie Kritzer says she has had to cut more costly projects like ceramics. But she has still seen the program grow in the past few years, thanks to the support of the schools and the community. And as the budget gets smaller, she hopes support for the arts continues to grow.

"Every school system looks at that first as something they can curtail because it's something that's not a SOL class, but I'm hoping they see that it's what brings kids to school and allows everything - when they do well in art, they do well in music then they're able to carry that over," she said.

Next year, senior Brittney Sherman will carry what she's learned in her art classes here in Fluvanna to Virginia Tech's interior design program - one of the highest ranked in the country.  

"I like that they support the arts because I think it's important to be well rounded in all aspects - not just the scholarship," she said.

Teachers say the large number of people that came out to admire their students work Saturday was another sign of the community's support for the arts.

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