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.
This spring the Museum is continuing to offer weekly art classes at several locations, including the E. D. Nixon Community Center, Bertha T. Williams Rosa Parks Avenue Branch Library, and the Mount Meigs Department of Youth Services. Visual arts programming is based on temporary exhibitions as well as works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection.
ART IN THE AFTERNOON
Art in the Afternoon is a community outreach program that provides free after school art classes for children served at E.D. Nixon Community Center and Bertha P. Williams Rosa Park Avenue Branch Library. The goal is to offer underserved youth within the West Montgomery Initiative area a community based arts program and to promote self-esteem and creativity. Art in the Afternoon is offered in partnership with ACTS/CDC (All Collaborating to Serve/Community Development Corporation), and is funded in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Connections is a community outreach program that provides free year round art classes for young men at Mount Meigs Department of Youth Services and at community centers around the City during the summer. Students are given the opportunity to work with a wide variety of art media and learn many new techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.
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.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – LEARNING THROUGH ART
With funding assistance provided by a Hearst Foundations grant, the MMFA Education Department launched a new outreach program in September , bringing weekly visual arts classes to third grade students at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School during the 2013–2014 school year. This unique program includes hands-on art classes integrated with the school curriculum, visits from professional artists, and the use of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) as a teaching model in the classrooms. VTS is a teaching technique embraced by many art museums and schools that encourages students to look critically and closely at works of art to build oral communication skills and comprehension through group dialogue. This approach has been shown to improve students’ critical thinking skills, literacy, and reading comprehension. The Learning Through Art program began with a teacher training session at the Museum in August. Students in the program will also visit the Museum during the school year and have an end-of-the-year art show at the Museum.
For more information on our community outreach program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.