FOBIA Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium
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I and a number of other artists are willing to visit various grade/intermediate schools in the metropolitan Detroit area and build zoo fish "support" signs. (FISH STICKS) . These signs will be the same or similar to the ones we constructed for the Thursday gathering at the aquarium and as seen on FOX NEWS, channel 2, Detroit. In the case that we have over whelming response many other Metropolitan Detroit artists may conduct the FISH STICK workshops. The school program is aimed at bringing awareness about the importance of the aquarium to the schools. There will be a 100 dollar visiting artist's fee per visit and the cost of materials, not including paint. The typical material cost will be $1.00 per sign. The costs will be borne by the participating schools, funded by their special activities budget or by individual patron (PTA) of the particular school. The students with the supervision of their "activities/art" teachers and PTA parents will construct the precut prime painted signs and paint them according to the child's whim and fancy. The children can use any marking medium: crayons, poster paint, paper collage to decorate their very own fish. There will be one feature about the fish that will distinguish one school of fish from another school or organization: i.e. a red tail, a blue nose or a orange fin. The distinguishing feature will be determined by the teachers and me. The aim is to encourage a broad support for the continuation of the Belle Isle Aquarium beyond the proposed termination date. Teachers and parents will be encouraged to arrange and schedule a field trip to the Aquarium as soon as possible and the students will be encouraged to bring their unique (FISH STICKS) school of fish as a graphic and fun sign of support. However, for security reasons the children cannot take the FISH STICKS into the Aquarium. A trip to the Aquarium and family photo with their "FISH STICKS" in front of the Aquarium would be a memorable family portrait. I believe that corporate support from a variety of builders suppliers may reduce the school's cost of tools and materials necessary to make the "artzoofish" project a rewarding event in the lives of children, teachers and the community alike. But this is a public "grass-roots movement" and large national corporations are hesitant to fund such "private/public" endeavors. Perhaps there are Metropolitan Detroit hardware and lumber companies which are civic minded and are able to respond more quickly to this urgent situation. Any support will be gratefully and publicly acknowledged. A astute public relations department of such a company would easily see the GOOD WILL advertising benefits of such support. Parents/Teachers/Schools/Children's Groups wishing to participate should DIRECTLY contact zoofish<firstname.lastname@example.org>. Please DIRECTLY email the following information: the name of person to contact, the school system and a phone number(s). I will contact ALL those who contact me. Patrons and company sponsors should contact<belleisleaquarium.com> SPECIAL FISH STICKS will be available at NO CHARGE to patrons/sponsors and the TV, Radio and Print Medias.