The Columbus Museum of Art travels to Minford Middle School this fall to engage students in CMA’s Pressing Matters outreach program. Pressing Matters partners CMA with a middle school that has no formal arts program in order to provide a rich arts experience for students. The program explores social issues, making connections between art, literature and history.
“Pressing Matters fosters critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity, skills essential to student success in the 21st century,” said CMA Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes.
During the months of October and November, CMA staff members will bring authentic, socially charged works of art to the classroom to engage middle-school students in a four-day interdisciplinary learning experience. Students are encouraged to examine historical and contemporary social issues relevant to their own lives and will communicate their concerns through creative expression and experimentation in the medium of printmaking. The program also provides an intensive day at the Museum where students will engage with artwork form the Museum’s collection and see their own art on display. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The National Endowment for the Arts recognized this program with a Challenge America Grant.
The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For additional information, call 614-221-4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.
Source: Columbus Museum of Art