Do you know about Art to Grow?

In 1999, The Dixon Gallery & Gardens developed an outreach program called "Art to Grow."  All of Art to Grow's programs are free of charge.  Art to Grow travels to elementary schools all over Memphis and the Mid-South. The program has grown dramatically over the past fifteen years and is now teaching art classes to up to 20,000 elementary students a year!  All of Art to Grow’s lessons are hands on and teach students about the wonderful sights at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 

The summer is a busy time for Art to Grow. The program visits libraries, summer camps, and other educational institutions in June and July. This summer, Art to Grow will be focusing on the work of sculptor Jun Kaneko. Participants will get to see a variety of images of Kaneko’s work and have an active discussion about the art. Pre-K students will make standing heads and decorate them with detailed patterns using crayons, scrapbook paper, and stickers. Older students will use permanent markers to decorate ceramic tiles. 


Art to Grow is looking forward to participating in lots of community events, such as festivals and Farmer’s Markets. Art to Grow has partnered with the Memphis Farmer’s Market to visit three times this summer. At each visit, Art to Grow will have a craft table where children and their chaperones can stop by and make something fun that correlates with the Market’s weekly theme. On May 30th, we will be making fingerprint hyacinths. On June 13th, we will be making music shakers using plastic eggs, tape, and sharpies. Then, on July 11th we will be making wax resist paintings using blueberry tea. Anytime you see the Dixon out in the community please stop by and take part in the fun! 


Art to Grow has already booked sessions all over Memphis and will be visiting hundreds of children this summer! We can’t wait to get creative and make some awesome art with you! 

- Christan Allen, Dixon Outreach Coordinator

Posted by Chantal Drake at 12:49 PM
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