Outreach Program

Art to Grow

The Dixon’s Art to Grow program offers free art and horticulture lessons for local public, private, and parochial schools.

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From the Dixon to your Classroom

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a unique place that features both fine art and horticulture. Recognizing this dual focus presents 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 horticulture to your learning space. The curriculum provides students with stimulating and creative experiences that teach art concepts and skills that meet the curricular needs of students. Each lesson includes a presentation on the topic and also a hands-on activity.

The Dixon will continue to adapt its Art to Grow program to reflect current safety guidelines as determined by museum leadership. No matter what format we offer (virtual, in-person, or hybrid) we strive to provide engaging and fun programming for all ages.

seven students in front of school wall, each holding their own blue and white artwork

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.

When: 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: During summer months, the Art to Grow program is available to libraries, summer camps, daycares, and other educational organizations. Participation cap is 30 students per session.

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

In-person Policies and Regulations:

  • 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 before your visit.*

*The Art to Grow instructor will provide you with current safety guidelines and regulations before your visit.”

Lessons: Lessons are grade-specific and will allow students 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.

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 or contact Jorden Miernik-Walker, Outreach Coordinator, at 901-312-1273 or jwalker@dixon.org.

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