Part of our mission at the Madison Artists Guild is to reach past our gallery walls and offer educational arts outreach programs that nurture our community through the arts.
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."
Art for Life: Building Creativity, Community and Connection is a collaborative project created by veteran art program instructors and working artists Elizabeth Collins Hanes and Chuck Hanes, and Angelina Bellebuono, facilitator of the social/emotional development component.
This 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.
For over 17 years, students at Morgan County Crossroads School have built, painted, sculpted, and woven things in a once a week art class as part of an education outreach program through Steffen Thomas Museum. In 2019, the Crossroads program expanded its scope, changed it name, and began operating under the guidance of the Madison Artists Guild. The program continues to gain local and regional recognition.
In the 2020-2021 academic year, Art for Life students at the Alternative Education Program/Crossroads School have learned basic photography skills and created a body of artistic work on the themes of community and connection. Using cell phones, they created, curated and installed a street-art photography exhibition onto an exterior wall of the Crossroads School building. This is the second outdoor public art photography installation available to be viewed by the public at the school (1551 Bethany Road). Titled COMMUNITY/CONNECTION 2020 and COMMUNITY/CONNECTION 2021, they have incorporated photography skills, elements of design, artistic composition, and planning and execution with the experience of learning how their life stories and experiences are a form of art that can be shared with the public.
In March 2021, Madison Artists Guild, Inc. received notice from Senator Burt Jones that the Georgia Senate had formally recognized Art for Life: Building Creativity, Community and Connection for its reputation of excellence in the Morgan County community with the adoption of Senate Resolution 185. The Art for Life program captured Senator Jones’ attention in late 2020 through a local newspaper article about COMMUNITY/CONNECTION 2020.
The presentation was held on May 19 and some of the photos ate included in the slideshow,
Your support and contributions will enable us to provide our youth with this important program. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
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.
Your donations help us provide art programming for these great kids.