Art to Grow

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a unique place that features both fine art and horticulture. This beautiful environment provides an exciting opportunity for cross-disciplinary education. The colorful Art to Grow van and its talented and creative instructors visit schools and other organizations bringing art and nature to your learning space. The curriculum offered provides students with stimulating and creative experiences that teach art concepts, techniques, and history. Each lesson includes a presentation on your selected topic and a hands-on activity. Instruction is offered in real-time by Dixon instructors in the classroom or virtually as advised by Dixon leadership and current safety guidelines.

Who can use Art to Grow? 

  • Pre-K through 8th-grade teachers within 30 miles of the museum (this includes, Shelby County Schools, Charter schools, Private and parochial schools, and municipalities)
  • After-school programming is available in a limited capacity for ages 13 – 18. Click here for more information.  


During the School Year: Monday through Friday 

  • Each Art to Grow lesson lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. 
  • Teachers can make one reservation for their class, per school year. 
  • Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. 
  • The Dixon requires at least two sessions per school each visit. 

During the Summer: 

  • Art to Grow also operates from May through July. During these summer months, the Art to Grow program is available to libraries, summer camps, daycares, and other educational organizations. The Art to Grow summer lesson varies each year and is dependent on what special exhibition the Dixon is hosting.   


Art to Grow is a FREE program. All supplies for your visit will be provided; it is the Dixon’s gift to the community.  

Policies and Regulations: 

  • All staff and students must remain masked for the entirety of the visit
  • A COVID-19 questionnaire must be filled out by the classroom teacher in the week prior to in-person visits. (In case of an outbreak, lessons can be taught virtually)
  • All lessons include individually packaged and sanitized supplies
  • The classroom teacher must remain in the classroom during their Art to Grow visit. 
  • Contact the Art to Grow instructor with any cancellations at least two weeks prior to your visit. 


Lessons are grade-specific and will give students the opportunity to use age-appropriate tools and techniques. The lessons are inspired by our current exhibitions and collections. All lessons adhere to the Tennessee Academic Standards. The following lessons are for Pre-K through 8th Grade and are available throughout the school year. They are adapted to suit your grade level.   

Lessons for the 2021/2022 academic year coming soon!

How to Book Art to Grow

Art to Grow reservations for the upcoming school year open August 1. After this date, please fill out the form to the right or contact Christan Allen, Outreach Coordinator, at 901-312-1263 or



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