The Education Department offers many exciting off-site learning experiences for the Montgomery community, including after school art classes at selected community centers, presentations to community groups and in school classrooms, stories and art activities at the library and YMCA.
Art in the Afternoon
The Museum has been graciously awarded grants from The Working Women’s Foundation and from Walmart. These grants will assist in funding the MMFA weekly after school art classes at the E.D. Nixon Community Center and at the Mt. Meigs Department of Youth Services.
The winter’s programming is based on the exhibition Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection. Inspired by these works of art, students will create drawings, paintings, and prints about the places and people in their lives.
During the fall session, E.D. Nixon students ages 6-12 made works on paper inspired by art in the exhibition Into the Light: American Works on Paper of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries from the MMFA. The students visited the Museum to see the works they had been studying and to make one final art project in the studios. The Museum also facilitated a craft table at the community center’s annual Halloween Party.
The partnership with Mt. Meigs to beautify their campus continues this winter. This past fall the students explored color theory, learning to mix colors with acrylic paint, and created a mural on the side of an old storage building near their garden. During the winter session the students will paint a mural in the cafeteria.
Learning Through Art
Ed Drozdowski, Principal of Wares Ferry Road Elementary
All the third grade students at the Wares Ferry Road Elementary School have been enjoying weekly visual arts classes since September. The program includes VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) discussions using reproductions of artwork from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, art projects based on artwork in the MMFA and connected to the core visual arts curriculum, and specific art techniques taught by professional artists in the community. The students have enjoyed working in clay, painting animals on canvas with acrylic paints, creating watercolor landscapes, and other multi-media activities. Each of the students will display a work of art in a special exhibition at the Museum in late May.
Learning Through Art is sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Montgomery and Central Alabama Community Foundation.
As an extension of our outreach programs, the Education Department participates in city-wide-events and/or is available to partner with individual organizations to promote the arts in Montgomery. Every year, the Museum participates in Earth Day, sponsored by the Montgomery Zoo, an event that is designed with school groups in mind. Contact the Education Department to learn more about partnership opportunities.
For more information on our community outreach program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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