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 summer outreach session ended with groups from E.D. Nixon Community Center and Center and ECHO’s (Empowering Communities Helping Ourselves) summer program enjoying their field trip to the Museum. They viewed the art they had studied over the summer and make a final art project. Mt. Meigs students closed the session with a beautification project for their facility, altering old tires to make planters. The planters are being placed outside each dorm and several of the school buildings. The students also created ceramic masks to be displayed inside.
Weekly outreach sessions at E.D. Nixon Community Center and Mt. Meigs Department of Youth Services are being taught this fall. The seven-week sessions are designed and taught by the Outreach Coordinator Miriam Jones and Sarah Struby, a Museum trained teacher. Lessons are primarily inspired by works in the exhibition Into the Light: American Works on Paper of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Projects include printmaking, papermaking, and mixed-media work. The sessions culminate with a field trip to the Museum to look at the art the students have been studying and to create art in the Museum studios.
(Art in the Afternoon is made possible through funding from Wells Fargo Foundation, Walmart, the Gannett Foundation, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts)
Learning Through Art
Ed Drozdowski, Principal of Wares Ferry Road Elementary
With funding assistance from the Montgomery Kiwanis Club, weekly visual arts programming will be offered for all the third grade classes at the Wares Ferry Road Elementary School for a second year, beginning the first week of September and ending in late May.
Each of the four nine-week sessions will include 3 Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) discussions using reproductions of artwork from the Museum’s Permanent Collection and 6 hands-on art activities, related to the core curriculum. In addition, several professional artists from the Montgomery Art Guild will visit the classrooms during the year, helping the students learn various art techniques.
Art supplies will be provided by the Museum, most of which will remain with the third grade teachers for use in their classrooms. Students will also visit the Museum to view original works of art. At the end of the school year a special exhibition of the students’ artwork and reception for the family members will be held at the school. Staff members assisting with this program include the following:
• Jean Kocher – a veteran art educator, with 30+ years experience in the public schools, and a former Museum docent
• Miriam Jones – the Museum’s Outreach Coordinator
• Donna Pickens – MMFA Assistant Curator of Education for School, Family & Children’s Programs
• Tim Brown – MMFA Curator of Education
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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