“It’s absolutely a wonderful thing that a private business like Phil’s has offered entrance to these kids,” he said. “Culturally, it’s really excellent, because now the kids are seeing the business side of the art world.”
Generally, he said, the arts in public school receive far less emphasis than core curriculum subjects such as mathematics and English.
“The arts are a nice element that need to be recognized more often,” the teacher added. “The creative juices are what drives everything else. It’s in art class where students can express themselves more freely, within the parameters of the program.”
Lenihan said he is looking forward to converting part of space in the gallery to work areas for artists and craft makers to produce their wares. “It will give people a chance to experience the creative process, and there would be a stronger interface between the artist and the public.”