"Raleigh, N.C. – In 2003, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) launched a statewide artwork initiative that would provide art teachers with a community forum to feature their school’s art programs and the creative accomplishments of their students. Twelve years later, this artwork partnership continues to delight the hearts of young students, their families and communities throughout North Carolina!
SECU branches have displayed a variety of art from participating schools ranging from pencil drawings and watercolors, to collages, clay sculptures and self-portraits. Numerous branches across the state hold Art Gallery Days and receptions for students and their families, bringing a sense pride for students, art education leaders and local schools.
SECU’s Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard branch has a current exhibit from Central Park School for Children, which is first in the photo collage. “The creativity is amazing! Art really engages students, giving them an outlet to express themselves and interpret perhaps their dreams, a poem, a story or who inspires them,” said Warren Peacock, Senior Vice President of the Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard branch. “We are happy to partner with our schools to feature the beautiful artwork; SECU members really enjoy the colorful and diverse creations!”
Central Park School for Children has been a partner in the initiative for approximately five years. Elementary Art teacher Lucia Marcus commented, “State Employees’ Credit Union provides an excellent way to highlight the creative work of our students within the community. The exposure helps us showcase one of our core beliefs – that the arts should be integrated into a child’s learning to enrich all areas of their education. The displays are a big hit with the students, helping build their self-esteem and giving them a chance to see their accomplishments beyond the classroom walls. We appreciate the Credit Union’s continued support!”
Peacock continued, “What started out as small project twelve years ago has developed into community recognition statewide for school art programs and teachers who encourage their students to use their imagination and skill to create such unique artwork – and they certainly deserve the spotlight.”
A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 78 years. The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trusts, estate planning and investments through its partners and affiliated entities. SECU serves 2 million members through 254 branch offices, over 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website, www.ncsecu.org."
- A Press Release