Anonymous Donor Continues to Fund School Tours at TMA
(TYLER, TX) September 17, 2012 – The Tyler Museum of Art is pleased to announce that continued financial support has been made available to assist schools with the cost of field trips to the Museum. A local foundation, which provided financial support for the 2011-2012 School Tour Program, has continued support for the 2012-2013 school year. With this grant, the TMA will be able to partially or fully fund round-trip bus transportation costs. The grant also covers fees for school tours, which include a guided tour and an art activity for elementary and middle school students.
“We are very pleased that the funding has been continued,” said Ken Tomio, TMA Head of Education. “Many groups used the funds last year and the continuation ensures that many more will be able to benefit from the grant this year. A lot of the students on these trips are experiencing real works of art in an art museum for the first time. These are very special opportunities that the foundation is stepping in and providing for by bridging the gap created by budget cuts.”
School tours lead students of all ages and grade levels through a tour guided by Museum educators and docents. Following the gallery tour, elementary and middle school students are encouraged to create their own original works of art during an art activity designed to further develop each student’s understanding of the works featured in the tour. Through December 9, students will tour The Wyeths Across Texas exhibition. This exhibition is the first in Texas in 25 years to feature works by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. All of the works featured are drawn from public and private collections across Texas. This exciting exhibition presents the most famous family of American 20th century artists to a whole new generation.
In the spring, schools will tour the exhibition Texas Impressionism–Branding with Brushstroke and Color. The exhibition will open on February 8 and run through May 26, 2013. Over 100 paintings by Texas artists who painted in an impressionistic fashion between 1885 and 1935 will be featured. These artists worked in a style inspired by their French predecessors and practiced painting outdoors, reflecting in their works fleeting effects of sunlight and atmosphere.
To apply for funding, simply call the Museum at (903) 595-1001 and ask for a member of the Education staff. Teachers and administrators may also download the application form from the TMA website (www.tylermuseum.org), where it is located on the “School Programs” tab under “Education & Programs.” Overall funding is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Tyler Museum of Art exists as an educational and cultural center to enrich the lives of East Texas citizens and visitors through the collection, preservation, study, exhibition, interpretation, and celebration of the visual arts. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.