High Welcomes More Than 100,000 Participants to Art Access Program
ATLANTA, February 2, 2010 –The High Museum of Art reached a major milestone for its Art Access program recently, welcoming more than 100,000 participants since its inception in 2004. Art Access provides metro Atlanta students a high-quality, dynamic visual arts experience by offering free Museum visits to a limited number of students in all grade levels.
This all-inclusive field trip program includes free admission for students and required chaperones as well as payment of school bus transportation (if required), free teacher resources and “Welcome Back” cards for all participating students that allow each child to return to the Museum with his or her family one time, free of charge.
The Kendeda Fund has provided not only operating support for the Art Access program since 2004, but also funding for an endowment challenge grant that seeks 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’s Education.
“Each year more than 70,000 students of all ages engage in education and outreach activities at the High,” said Patricia Rodewald, the High’s Eleanor McDonald Storza Director of Education. “The High has had the privilege and ability to significantly enrich the educational experiences of thousands of Atlanta children by providing a foundation for life-long learning and enjoyment of the visual arts through Art Access. With the help of great donors who believe in the value of art education, the High has dramatically increased the number of students afforded this opportunity. We look forward to continued support and our next 100,000 students.”
The Art Access program was created in 2004 with the goal of removing all economic barriers to visiting the High for approximately 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 2009–2010 school year have come from Title One schools. Art Access is open to all public schools in all grade levels in the ten-county metro Atlanta area and in the Marietta City, Atlanta Public and Decatur City school districts. Art Access is an application program. For complete details or application information for the 2010–2011 school year, teachers and schools may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Opened 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.
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