Student Art Buying Program

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When Students Become Art Collectors

The CherryArts Student Art Buying Program (SAB) gives Colorado students the opportunity to purchase original artwork from the Cherry Creek Arts Festival for permanent installation at their school. 

Program Details

Each March, educators and students are invited to apply to SAB, and twenty-two schools are accepted to participate. They’re given classroom materials that help students explore the world of art, along with a $500 budget, which students and their teachers use for a hands-on art buying experience at that year’s Cherry Creek Arts Festival.  

Students learn about art appreciation and the business of art while developing teamwork, public speaking,
and financial literacy skills.  

Since 2001, SAB has enabled students from more than 427 schools to purchase 1,190 pieces of original art.

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Student Art Buying Patron Program

The Student Art Buying Program is an exceptional initiative that cultivates a deeper appreciation for the arts among students throughout Colorado. By supporting this program, you’re not only investing in the future of young artists and art appreciators, but also in the cultural enrichment of communities statewide. This hands-on experience not only enhances their understanding of art but also empowers them to become active participants in supporting working artists. By joining the Student Art Buying Patron community, you’re aligning yourself with a group of individuals who share a passion for arts education and believe in its transformative power. Together, we can inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and cultivate a lifelong love for the arts.

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