The Columbia Museum of Art provides many excellent and accessible opportunities for art education in South Carolina by taking community art education programs into the city, county, and state to provide greater access and exposure to art for those who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
St. Lawrence Place
The CMA's partnership with St. Lawrence Place, a transitional housing community, began in 2008 at the suggestion of a CMA board member. Students in grades K-5 attend weekly art sessions during their afterschool program. The first Thursday of each month, the teens from St. Lawrence come to CMA for a tour of the galleries and hands-on studio component taught by an area artist, art teacher, or CMA staff. Made possible by a generous grant from the Lipscomb Family Foundation.
The CMA's partnership with Richland County First Steps, a group that works to improve school readiness for children, provides an opportunity for kids to be creative. The CMA's sessions focus on the elements of art (line, shape, color, texture, etc.). Each lesson has national pre-k visual arts standards, helping the students with kindergarten readiness. Early exposure to art has been proven to help children be more successful in school, and the students enjoy working with new materials that allow them to grow and learn, all while having fun. This program is made possible by the PNC Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Lipscomb Family Foundation.