Works Fund Of David Matthews Band Supports University Of Virginia
Art Museum Youth Programs
June 17, 2002-- The University
of Virginia Art Museum has received a $10,000 grant from the Bama
Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band to support its Early Visions
program and 2003 Summer Arts Camp. The fund is administered by the
Charlottesville-Albemarle Community Foundation.
is the first time that the Bama Works Fund has supported our youth
programs," said Jill Hartz, museum director. "Were
thrilled to have these much-needed funds. They confirm the value
of hands-on educational activities throughout the year for middle-
and high-school students who would not otherwise be in a position
to enjoy learning in a museum environment."
year, the museum raises nearly all the costs needed to support its
educational programs for youth and families in the Charlottesville-Albemarle
area. Nearly 5,000 students in grades K-12 visit the museum annually
as part of their school programs, often as part of Virginias
Standards of Learning. Others participate in the annual Writers
Eye competition and family workshops.
of the museums youth programs Early Visions and Summer
Arts Camp are designed to provide high-quality hands-on arts
programs as well as alternative learning environments for at-risk
students. Now entering its fifth year the Early Visions program
is set up for high school students to meet in the museum for one
hour a week during the spring semester. They work with artists,
strengthen their visual literacy and artistic skills, are mentored
by University student docents, and are encouraged to begin planning
for college and careers. This summer, an Early Visions student will
serve as an assistant and mentor to youth in the Summer Arts Camp.
2001, the museum initiated a pilot three-week Summer Arts Camp,
"From Stela to Stella." Funded in part by the Charlottesville-Albemarle
Community Foundation and Philip Morris U.S.A., the camp offered
high-quality arts programming and mentoring to nearly 60 middleschool
students in the city and county, more than half of whom were identified
as at-risk. Supported by the Museums Young Friends group,
the Thomas Piper Jr. Education Endowment and Carol Angle, a museum
advisory board member, this years three-session, six-week
camp, directed by Jennifer Van Winkle, has expanded to include 90
middle- and high-school students. Focusing on the special exhibition
"Sam Abell: The Photographic Life," camp participants
will study photography and work with practicing artists.
to this early support from the Bama Works Fund, we can begin planning
our 2003 summer camp," said Hartz. "We have an exciting
sculptural installation planned for that period, and we would like
to add movement and music to next summers program of activities."
The museums goal is to expand youth programs throughout the
year, in anticipation of the increasing range of activities that
will be possible in the planned new museum facility. "We aim
to serve more students, provide more scholarships, offer field trips
and strengthen both our curriculum and mentoring services,"
said Hartz. " We are committed to being an integral cultural
and educational resource for our community."
Jill Hartz, museum director, (434) 924-3592; or Jane Ford, (434)