The Thea Foundation announces that Crestwood Elementary School of the North Little Rock School District recently received art supplies through a donation from the Crestwood Elementary PTA and a matching grant from Thea’s Art Closet, for a total of $1,500 in art supplies for Crestwood. Thea staff members delivered the supplies to Crestwood art teacher Jenny Delgado on March 26.

Crestwood received supplies from a customized list created by Delgado, varying from essential items such as drawing paper, acrylic paints and colored pencils to more sophisticated items such as modeling clay, India ink and Alphacolor pastels. The collection of art supplies donated is curated to suit the grades represented by the school, and is predicted to last, at minimum, an entire school year.

Thea’s Art Closet

Developed in 2006 as a response to the growing trend of art educators’ shortage of supplies, Thea’s Art Closet exists to give all Arkansas teachers and students the chance to experience unhindered creativity in the classroom. After five years of providing nearly one million dollars in high-quality arts supplies to over 388 schools and 200,000 visual arts students and teachers across the state, Thea’s Art Closet is expanding its cause. With the help of generous individuals, businesses and granting agencies, Thea’s Art Closet, now a matching program, will continue to award need-based Visual Arts grants to whole schools, and will also award grants through, whose mission is to connect philanthropists with classrooms in need. Find applications for schools and more details on the revamped Art Closet at

For more information about Thea’s Art Closet, call 379-9512.