The goal of The Daytona Beach News-Journal´s award-winning Newspaper in Education (NIE) Program is to grow more and better readers. Through it, each week, more than 35,000 newspapers are placed and used in classrooms throughout Volusia and Flagler counties at no charge to the schools. The mascots for the NIE Program are two lively shelties owed by the program´s manager. They told her that, even though the Picatsso Project involved those of a feline not canine persuasion, raising money for the Halifax Humane Society was a good cause, and so the sponsorship was born. Since newspapers and education form a perfect partnership, it was decided to use the pairs of animals boarding the ark to illustrate the theme: Purrfect Partners: Newspapers and Education. The name for the cat was easy; ARKCATMEDES was named for the ancient Greek scientist who set forth the principle that explains how heavier-than-water objects can float.
Judith Gilmer´s formal art training includes the Northern Light Art School, ProArt Institute and DBCC. She has won numerous awards throughout the central Florida area, where many of her works are on display in local galleries and permanent collections.