LEXINGTON, Ky (8/13/13)—What began as a platform for a Miss Kentucky Pageant has changed the life of 20-year-old Annie Franklin and the lives of many children in the area.
“School systems across the state are lacking in art education,” Franklin said. “Since art is a big part of my life I wanted to share it with those kids who don’t have it available to them.”
Franklin started up the program H’art Of The Matter to show students, teachers and communities the importance of art.
“It’s more than just a regular art class,” Franklin said. “It’s to teach students that there is art all around them and to show the importance of their imagination.”
Franklin has many family members who are teachers, which opened the door for her to start presenting her program.
“My goal was to teach students little tid bits of information on how they can incorporate art in their every day life,” Franklin said. “I realize I can’t save art programs across the state, so I want to teach kids how to learn and appreciate art on their own.”
Franklin hopes that with school starting back she can visit more classrooms and open the eyes of more children to the world of art.
“A lot of people say they want things like this to be available at their schools but they don’t know how to make it happen,” she said. “So I've just reached out to different people and from there word of mouth has helped spread the word of the program.”
At first Franklin enjoyed expanding her platform for Miss Kentucky, but now she realizes that this is something she would be interested in making a career.
“Everyone really likes what I am doing and it is really encouraging,” she said. “I declared my minor in art administration and have learned great tools to further the program and my future career.”
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