A large part of our mission at the Madison Artists Guild is to offer educational arts outreach programs to our community. As Kelly Pollock stated, we believe that "the true purpose of arts education is to not necessarily create more professional artists. It's to create more complete human beings who are critical thinkers, who have curious minds, and who can lead productive lives."
Our goal is to reach past our gallery walls and nurture our community through the arts by offering the following programs.
For the past 17 years, students at Morgan County Crossroads School have built, painted, sculpted, woven things in art class every week. For the last 13 years they have created an annual public art installation as a part of the education outreach through Steffen Thomas Museum. The program has gained local and regional recognition. Support of donors and grant funding enabled the program to provide teacher and supplies so the students at Crossroads had weekly hands-on art experiences.
After weeks of discussions among the Steffen Thomas Museum, Madison Artists Guild, the superintendent of Morgan County Schools, the Crossroads Director and a dedicated team of committed community supporters, the Crossroads arts program will be operating under the guidance of Madison Artists Guild.
This 18th year the program continues with a new name. Art for Life: Building Creativity, Community and Connection is a collaborative project created by veteran Crossroads art program instructors and working artists Elizabeth Collins and Chuck Hanes, and Angelina Bellebuono, facilitator of the social/emotional development component. The entirely donor-funded program includes two school sessions per week, field trips and community involvement to middle and high school children attending the Morgan County Alternative School.
Read the Morgan County Citizen article about Art for Life here.
For children in the Morgan County Boys & Girls Club program who exhibit an interest in art or creating things, MAG provides an advanced art class once a week taught by instructors and working artists Elizabeth Collins and Chuck Hanes. Students learn various art techniques and processes each semester to further enrich their experience through the Boys & Girls Club after-school program.