Outreach education programs make up an important part of the educational events and activities produced by the Museum’s Education Department. Those programs are designed to provide high-quality, engaging events to appeal to those individuals and groups who are interested in building a relationship with the Museum culture. This helps to provide access to visual art education programs and remove or reduce significant barriers such as distance and cost to the more than 10,000 individuals who attended a Mobile Museum of Art Outreach event or activity in 2010 alone.
Although an Outreach program is perhaps most visible at local and regional celebrations like BayFest and the Festival of Flowers, it is sometimes most effective at smaller events such as the Art Club Children’s Workshop or the Lifelong Learners Program targeting the 65-and-over population of greater Mobile. Programs like these match individual visual art content with an art activity for a small group in a controlled environment, resulting in shared information and experiences that can be more fulfilling and significant for participants.
One focus of the Outreach program has been to offer the Museum’s resources to the traditionally underserved in the community. For educators, this includes the population served by Title 1 schools, which receive federal funds to assist the growth and development of low-achieving children in highestpoverty schools, limited English-proficient children, migratory children, children with disabilities, Indian children, neglected or delinquent children and young children in need of reading assistance.
Through formal and informal educational programming, the Outreach program works with local communities and organizations to advance cultural exchange, empowering people to preserve, extend, and artistically represent their own cultures. The current programs continue to target specific audiences, yet hopefully also give permission to the artist inside everyone to express his or her creativity.
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