Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has recently developed and implemented Adopt-a-Bus, a program that allows students attending schools within driving distance to visit the official state museum of art.
The program recruits donors to help supplement the limited funding of schools that wish to send their students to the museum. It was inspired by the museum’s program bringing every fifth-grader in Athens-Clarke County to its building, which is funded every year by a private donor. Adopt-a-Bus is available for grades K-12. It includes both an interactive gallery tour and an art-making activity, which last approximately two hours.
“Nothing can replace seeing an original work of art. It’s important for kids to come to the museum so they can remember the experience and realize it’s a place for them,” said Carissa DiCindio, curator of education at the museum.
The museum hosted the Hawkinsville High School Art Club as its first participant in Adopt-a-Bus in November 2012.
Schools interested in taking advantage of the program should contact the museum at 706/542-GMOA (4662). Donors can call the same number or see georgiamuseum.org/learn/outreach to learn more or give online. Gifts of $250 underwrite one or more bus trips to the museum and are tax deductible.
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton St., University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see http://www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706/542-GMOA (4662).