The students shuffled in quietly and took their spots at the prepared tables and listened attentively to Mr. Steven's presentation on Theora's life and work. Once the project began, the students lit up and babbled with neighbors and teachers about their own recreations of Theora's trees. Ms. Emily and Mr. Steven had an excellent time learning about the students and seeing the unique artwork they created.
On the way home, they talked about how impressed they were with BES and the students' dedication to their work. When BES returned the trunk, they were impressed again when they opened the trunk and found 53 handwritten thank-you notes!
Both presenters were moved by what the students wrote and were struck by how often students wrote that they do not normally get to participate in this kind of activity. The Museum is proud to provide these classroom enriching experiences to the local community and hope to continue to build partnerships with other schools.
Five Fast Facts about Traveling Trunks and Art Education:
1. In 2015, we served over 11,000 students on and off site.
2. So far, in 2016, we've reached over 3,000 students off site.
3. In September alone, seven schools checked out trunks from Oxford, Baldwyn, Water Valley, Tupelo, and New Albany to reach 455 students.
4. Students exposed to regular arts programming are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
5. Arts programing has been proven to decrease delinquent and truant behavior and increase academic performance among at-risk youths.
Below are selection of some of the notes that jumped out at us. We had a great time and look forward to working with BES in the future!