The Mulvane Art Museum's Art After School Program is the recipient of a $10,000 grant by The Women's Fund, a fund of the Topeka Community Foundation. The award will sustain and expand the Art After School Program for 2012-13.
Art After School, established in 1993, brings free programs into classrooms and public spaces and provides a focused, hands-on, concrete way to reach primarily under served populations in the Northeast Kansas region. The program begins in October and concludes in May each year.
Art After School serves more than 800 Topeka area children ages 5-15 at 26 area after school sites, such as YMCA, YWCA, Salvation Army, the Topeka Rescue Mission's Hope Center, Boys and Girls Clubs and USD 501 locations. AAS art instructors visit the sites every other week for a total of 12 visits. During each visit children are offered free hands-on art making experiences that cover the basic elements of art and the principles of design.
The Women's Fund grant will underwrite the cost of art supplies and materials used in the lessons and Field Trips for Art After School children and teachers to visit the Mulvane Art Museum. During their visit they will tour the Museum exhibits with a docent then go to the Museum's ArtLab for a hands-on art making activity.
At the end of the program the children's art work will be featured in “The Celebration of Young Artists” exhibit on display May to July 2013 in the Garvey Fine Arts Center at Washburn University.
Established in 2006, the mission of The Women's Fund is to “promote women's leadership in philanthropy, increase charitable contributions and strengthen their value through collective giving, and encourage a new generation of philanthropists.” In grant making, The Women's Fund is committed to supporting groundbreaking solutions to complex problems facing women and children and to being a catalyst for enduring change. The Women's Fund recently extended their grant making to projects which integrate the arts in after-school programs.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No admission is charged. The Museum is closed major holidays.
The Mulvane Art Museum is located on the Washburn University campus at 17th and Jewell Streets, adjacent to White Concert Hall. No admission is charged.
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Dena Anson, university relations, (785) 670-1711