Carol Forer Belt, of Yardley Pa, who fought her whole life to keep the arts alive in the public schools died at home on January 29th, surrounded by her loving family. Carol started her career as an art teacher to local Trenton students when she was just a teen. She continued on to study at Rhode Island School of Design, and got her first teaching job as an art teacher in the Trenton School system.
Carol loved dance and the visual arts and studied both while at RISD. Carol believed that training in the arts was a crucial part of education and that without art we are denying future generations access to creative thinking skills. Carols career highlights included: creating an arts curriculum for the Trenton Schools, where she ran the Art Department for the district; serving as a board member for the NJ State Council for the Arts; and acting as a board member for Young Audiences of NJ. Carol was awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for her work in keeping the arts alive in schools.
Of her many achievements, Carol was most proud of her work in helping to establish and maintain the Trenton Education Dance Institute, or TEDI, a program that supported dance and programming for thousands of Trenton Public School students over the past 25 years.
The fund will donate to arts groups that support Carol’s lifelong mission of arts education, including TEDI, The Children’s Home Society and NJ State Council on the Arts.
The goal of the fund is to raise $100,000, in order to make sizeable contributions to these organizations.