British poet, critic, and art historian Herbert Read once said, “The purpose of art education is not to make more art and better artists; instead, it is to make better people and better communities.” The Michener agrees that art and action go hand in hand in making the world a better place.
Art Action, supported by United Way, was an after-school creative arts program for families living in the Milford Square Transitional Housing Shelter in Upper Bucks County.
Art Reach, supported by the Foundations Community Partnership, reached students in the Palisades School District with a storyteller and poetry artist-in-residence who worked with students while writing poetry, creating handmade books, and building leadership and identity skills.
Breaking Boundaries was a teen program in lower Bucks County, focused on citizenship, leadership, the arts, and journal writing as means of self-fulfillment and creative expression.
Crossing Boundaries: Making Art is a collaboration of three diverse communities of learners from Bucks County and Philadelphia. Student artists create identity mixed media work that are displayed in our Education Gallery in the spring of each year. Students and families from all three communities gather for a collaboration and museum experience at the opening reception. The creative process provides students with the opportunity to explore the enduring questions “Where do I come from? Where am I going? What will I do when I get there?” Crossing Boundaries has been funded by Foundations Community Partnership, Art Serve, and most recently, the Leff Family Foundation.
Due to the generous support of The Robert V. Nesi Education Award, The Michener Art Museum Volunteer Scholarship for Art Education Endowment, The Holly Berry Huynh Memorial Scholarship Endowment, and The Doris Weiss Education Gallery Endowment, students who are eligible for a Michener scholarship may attend one session of any art class free of charge during the season in which they receive their scholarship award. The scholarship also includes a one-year family membership to the museum.
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The Department of Arts Education hosts several community service and community awareness programs, including the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, the annual Gift of Giving Education Gallery exhibition, and community T-shirt painting days. The museum is currently working to expand these programs throughout Bucks County.
For specific information about Art Action programs please call 215.340.9800 ext. 126 or e-mail Ruth Anderson.