Community Engagement - Art Matters!
Community Engagement Programs
The Vero Beach Museum of Art actively works with other local organizations to meet the needs of children and adults, particularly the underserved, in our community. These activities insure the Museum is reaching as many individuals as possible to demonstrate that “art matters.” By working together with community partners to align with their needs, efforts are magnified as each organization fulfills its respective mission.
In 2013-14, the Museum is pleased to be working with and providing programs from September to May for:
School District of Indian River County (Gifford Middle School E.S.E. Class) – a weekly art enrichment activity for a class of students with special needs, provided by Museum Art School faculty.
Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center – a weekly after school art enrichment activity for elementary children provided by Museum Art School faculty at the Wabasso center.
Drug Abuse Treatment Association (DATA) Norman Hayslip Center – teens undergoing residential rehabilitation from addictions receive bimonthly visits and art activities from a teaching artist, then visit the Museum twice monthly for intergenerational (with seniors) art classes and gallery visits.
Senior Resource Association – older adults enjoy weekly studio art activities and gallery visits facilitated by a teaching artist, including twice a month when they are joined by teens for intergenerational experiences.
Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County – serving people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their caregivers, this weekly program offers gallery visits, group discussion, studio art, and refreshments, facilitated and hosted by an artist / psychotherapist and VBMA docent volunteers.
Gifford Youth Activity Center - a weekly after school art enrichment activity for elementary children provided by Museum Art School faculty at the Gifford center.
Creative Aging By the River – a Museum teaching artist visits a Sebastian low-income housing facility to engage older adults in sharing bi-monthly art activities and arrange for “field trips” to enjoy VBMA exhibition tours.
ArtLab - a Wednesday afterschool program designed for students ages 14-18 to help create, design, prototype, and implement innovative projects inspired by museum exhibitions. This group of committed teens learns about art, artists, and museums and applies those interests and skills to create memorable displays and hands-on experiences for Museum visitors, demonstrating the many ways that art matters in a community. Participants receive volunteer hours and are eligible to assist in Summer Art Camp and other Museum programs. Eligible dual-enrolled IRSC students can also receive service learning college credits. Space is limited. Complete and return the registration form to apply.
For details, please contact Shanti Sanchez at (772) 231-0707 x117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.