In fiscal year 2013, in order to balance expenditures with estimated revenues and other available resources, the Juneau School District made many reductions to its expenditure budget. One significant reduction included the elimination of one full-time elementary art specialist.
Nicole Nelson is a Girl Scout Ambassador and 2013 graduate of Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau. Prior to her graduation this past spring, she was president of her high school's art club.
"Nicole really loves art and she's always been an excellent student, but she knows that for some students, art is the only reason they come to school," said Anne Kurland, GSAK's Juneau service unit manager.
Nelson worked with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, the K-5 art specialist for the Juneau School District, and the Juneau International Airport to develop and implement a permanent, rotating student art exhibit called "Fuel the Spark for Art." The exhibit will live at the Juneau airport.