Noah’s art will help fund scholarships in Eagle-Vail |

Noah’s art will help fund scholarships in Eagle-Vail

Nathan Rodriguez
Edwards, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyArt produced by Vail Academy students will be available at auction. Above is one such piece created by middle school students.

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Like many serious artists, Vail Valley student Noah Pollock takes pleasure in his work.

To hear him tell the story, he’s spent well over half his life immersed in art.

“I’ve been interested in artwork since I was 3 years old: coloring, painting, all sorts of things,” he said. “I was coloring a Superman picture and ran out of markers, so I told my mom I needed more markers and she came home with them, so I kept coloring and I’ve been coloring since then.”

His dedication to art continued unabated for the next five years. A few weeks ago, that passion converged with love for his school, the Vail Academy. He arrived at Corrie Baldwin’s second-grade classroom the next morning, visibly excited.

“Noah came bouncing through the door and pounced on me, and said, ‘Ms. B, Ms. B, I have an idea!” Baldwin recalled with a smile. “It was an exciting day.”

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His idea was for the entire school to create art that he would then take to Riverwalk in Edwards, and try to sell the pieces to raise money for the school’s scholarship fund so more children could afford to attend the academy.

“So the teachers got together and said, ‘That’s a great idea! And it would work even better if we sold them at the Christmas play,'” Baldwin said, adding the musical was an all-school event, involving students from preschool to eighth grade.

Over the following weeks, preschoolers made ceramic platters as middle-school students worked in small groups on projects, with each class deciding which to make available for auction. The hope was to collaborate on several pieces of carefully crafted art instead of dozens of individual pieces. Their work isn’t done yet, either, as some classes will continue their efforts the week after Thanksgiving.

The art will be displayed at the Vail Academy from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 17 and at the Vilar Performing Arts Center for the Arts beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 18. All proceeds from the art auction go to the Vail Academy scholarship fund.

Staff Writer Nathan Rodriguez can be reached at 970-748-2955 or

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