High Museum of Art to Provide Free Admission to Picasso to Warhol Exhibition for Georgia Title 1 Schools
ATLANTA, January 5, 2012 — The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has announced free admission for school groups and their teachers from every Title 1 School in the state of Georgia to enable more students to see Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters. This unprecedented exhibition of more than 100 masterpieces from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, will be on view until April 29, 2012. Free admission is made available through the Art Access program, which has welcomed more than 125,000 participants since its inception in 2004.
The High has expanded its Art Access program to all Title 1 schools in response to the popularity of Picasso to Warhol within the school community. To date, more than 52,000 students are scheduled to visit the exhibition, nearly 17,000 of them from Title 1 schools. Along with offering free admission, the High also has funding available to provide free transportation for at least 5,000 additional students, depending on the travel distance.
In addition to presenting masterpieces from MoMA’s collection, the exhibition provides an introduction to 14 of the most important artists of the 20th century, including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The exhibition also presents information about the most important artistic developments of the modern age.
“We currently have the best modern art collection in the world at the High,” said Michael E. Shapiro, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director. “This is an unprecedented event. These works are right here in Atlanta, where they are accessible to people who can’t travel to New York. So we want to give as many students as possible the opportunity to see these masterpieces. The High is a dynamic educational resource for the schools and students of Georgia so we want to do what we can to provide students with creative and inspiring experiences.”
“Museum field trips provide the opportunity for students to discover models and exemplars in the art that they see that aid in their own creative and expressive endeavors,” said Erroll Davis, Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, “Students find that both contemporary and historic artists wrestle with problems analogous to their own and the solutions arrived at by these master artists inform their own creative problem solving.”
The museum is prepared to provide extended hours to accommodate more students. Reservations can be made by contacting ArtAccess@woodruffcenter.org or calling 404-733-4476.
Art Access is an all-inclusive field trip program for students that offers free admission, transportation (if required), and “Welcome Back” cards that allow each child to return to the Museum with his or her family one time, free of charge. The Art Access program was created in 2004 with the goal of removing all economic barriers to visiting the High for more than 15,000 public school students each year. The program also aims to concentrate on high-risk schools or districts where arts education funding has been cut most dramatically, or where there is persistent under-funding of arts education. 87% of Art Access applications for the 2011-2012 school years have come from Title 1 schools.
Sponsorship and funding
The Kendeda Fund has provided not only operating support but also funding for an endowment challenge grant to make Art Access a permanent program at the High Museum of Art. Additional support for the Art Access “I See Literacy” and “I See History” permanent collection tours is provided by the Vera A. Milner Memorial Endowment for Children Education. Anyone wishing to provide additional busing funds can do so with a donation of $500, which will bring approximately 50 students to the Museum.
High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s media arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005 the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.High.org.
The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opening in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit www.woodruffcenter.org.