June 18, 2024

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Super Art is Almost

Firestone High School, Arts Lift teacher molds young artists

Dan Coffield, a Firestone High School art teacher and community artist involved with youth programs, stands Tuesday in front of a mural that he helped to coordinate on the wall of Crave Restaurant in Akron.

An Akron Public Schools teacher and community artist has been helping young high school artists leave their mark, guided in a yearly summer program. He’s also helped countless other young artists through his teaching, much like he was encouraged when he was a student. 

Dan Coffield, 38, has been serving as the education coordinator for the Akron Arts Lift Program for 12 years, helping Director Elisa Gargarella. 

During the school year, Coffield is an art teacher at Firestone High School in the Akron School for the Arts program. For the first two weeks after school is out, he and Gargarella work with 15 to 20 high school students from Akron Public Schools on a community project. 

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