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Dreams for a bright future.

They're imaginative, thought-provoking and even futuristic. They're dreamers who visualize a world of peace and who offer a look at what the future might hold. They are the Dream-Makers, the creative youth of today.

As part of the fourth Crayola Dream-Makers program, 400 of these children, kindergarten through the sixth grade, will have their dreams on display beginning this fall in regional art exhibitions at fifteen colleges and universities throughout the country.

Since last September, more than 30,000 Crayola Dream-Makers resource guides were distributed to elementary art and classroom teachers throughout the United States and Canada. This year's Dream-Makers program, Imagination, challenged students to explore their world through three themes: Image, Imagine and Imaginary.

Students began putting their dreams on paper at the beginning of the last school year. These dreams, inspired by the resource guide, were submitted to the Dream-Makers program.

Each unit in the teacher's guide provides ideas and information on how to encourage student creativity through art activities, while other sections offer ideas on managing classroom art activities and exhibiting student artwork.

Twenty-four full-color art prints are included. The back of each print features specific information on each artwork and artist, and questions and activities for different grade levels used to facilitate classroom discussion.

"The Dream-Makers program is Binney & Smith's way of expressing our commitment to the importance of art in the elementary school curriculum," says company art education manager, Diann Berry. "The program generates more awareness for art programs at the local school level by supporting the efforts of art educators, and at the national level through the program exhibition phase."

Last year, fifteen colleges and universities in five regions of the country received grants to exhibit student Dream-Makers artwork and coordinate art-related programs with elementary school students, college students, teachers and local residents.

After students created artwork for in-school exhibitions, a selection of the artwork was sent to a regional host site. In April, the five host sites, along with committees they established, selected eighty representative artworks for display based on visual appeal, originality, age appropriateness and craftsmanship. The artworks were matted and framed, and are scheduled for exhibition at three regional locations from the fall of 1991 to the spring of 1992.

Dream-Makers teacher's guides are still available and make excellent classroom resource material. For a guide, send $2 for shipping and handling to: Dream-Makers, Binney & Smith, P.O. Box 431, Easton, PA 18044-0431.

THE DREAM-MAKERS EXHIBITION SITES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

NORTHEAST REGION

Teachers College Columbia University New York, NY October 5-November 2, 1991

University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA February 1-March 1, 1992

Massachusetts College of Art Boston, MA March 30-April 18, 1992

SOUTHEAST REGION

Florida State University Tallahassee, FL October 4-20, 1991

University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN February 15-March 6, 1992

North Carolina Central Univ. Durham, NC April 26-August 14, 1992

CENTRAL REGION

Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL October 22-December 13, 1991

Central Missouri State Warrenburg, MO April 1-29, 1992

The College of St. Catherine St. Paul, MN May 27-June 10, 1992.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Metropolitan State College of Denver Denver, CO November 2-26, 1991

Texas Christian University Ft. Worth, TX January 19-February 14, 1992

University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK June 9-29, 1992

WEST REGION

California State University Sacramento, CA October 11-November 8, 1991

Boise State University Boise, ID January 10-31, 1992

University of Alaska Anchorage, AK May 7-21, 1992
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