Olivia Britt, Digipen Animation Instructor at PSSC, received an excel grant last fall to take her students to visit the Seattle Art Museum to view the special exhibition Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise. During their tour, lead by a museum docent, the students experienced original artworks from various collections across Europe and the US including a wide selection of paintings and sculptures by Gauguin and rarely seen 18th and 19th century works originating in the Polynesian Islands.
One of the questions we ask teachers when they submit their final report on Excel Grants is “How has this grant made a difference in your school/class?” Here’s Olivia’s answer:
For the majority, visiting the museum was a first and I believe quite a memorable experience. The first hour they were able to see the permanent collection and many found their favorite works here. Upon our return to school, several students said “Wow, that was really cool.” “I didnt’ think it I would like that, but it was pretty ok.”
I think that the students who attended feel like they could return to the museum. Many students thought museums weren’t really for them; too expensive and for rich people. During the visit they saw that there were all kinds of people visiting, and that they also belonged to this community.
Great job Olivia!