Heart of the High Plains: Building an Art Alliance

Because of a shift in education, for the last several years art programs across the country have been cut from public school curriculum, particularly in elementary schools. While a focus on academic rigor is essential, many think a solid foundation in the creative arts is too.   
The Amarillo Museum of Art has been, in one incarnation or another, in Amarillo for 40  years.  A major pillar for the Museum has been, and continues to be education.

“Growing up, my grandmother enrolled me in some of the art camps here,” Dana Walton, Amarillo Museum of Art Alliance President, said.  “I think my mother still has a few of the little treasures we made.”

Deana Craighead, Amarillo Museum of Art Director of Public Programs, explained the reach of the Museum’s Alliance
“Programming extends into the Amarillo community but also extends into the Panhandle region as a whole.  So, we’re traveling to schools like Texline and Miami and Walcott– who don’t have the resources to be able to provide that type of programming on their own.  Here in Amarillo there are very few elementary school art teachers.  I think there’s only one full-time art teacher K-5 in AISD,”  she said.  “Our job is to supplement what’s already going on in the classroom and as an education department, we really make a point to correlate what they’re doing in the classroom.”

A program like this, obviously, requires funding, and that funding comes by way of the Amarillo Museum of Art Alliance.

“Some of our fundraiser we have is Ladd Lecture– that’s in the fall.  Then we have our 12X12– also in the fall, and then, following up with Christmas Roundup– which is coming up here in a few days,”  Walton said. 

The Alliance works to make sure art is accessible to people in the Panhandle through school tours, classes for adults and children, summer art camps and scholarship opportunities.

Christmas Roundup 2016

* November 4 -6, 2016
* Amarillo Civic Center Complex
  North and South Exhibit Halls

  Weekend Ticket $8 – Children 12 and under free

Friday, November 4, 10 am – 4 pm
10 a.m. to noon Red’s Early Bird Shopping
Refreshments, door prizes and special gifts

5 to 8 p.m. Cocktails and Shopping Ticket, $20
(Includes weekend ticket)
Cocktails & Shopping, Exclusive Live Auction

Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
10 a.m. to noon Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
1 to 3 p.m. Cookies and Crafts with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Sunday, November 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last chance to “Roundup” gifts for those on your Christmas list!
Merchant Silent Auction closes at 3:30 pm

“Outdoor Playhouse” Opportunity to Win valued at $1,200 each
Two custom built playhouses where fun abounds and singing and laughter are constant sounds. Firehouse or Fairytale Cottage, both unique in style, designed to make your little ones smile.

Tickets: $10 each or 6 for $50
Draw Date: November 6, 2016
Need not be present to win, income tax applies

Proceeds benefit the Educational Programs of the Amarillo Museum of Art

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