The Missouri Arts Council (MAC) recently awarded Sacred Heart School a ‘Big Yellow School Bus’ Grant. The $300 received through the grant helped cover transportation costs for the school’s sixth-grade students to visit the ‘Impressionist France: Visions of a Nation from Le Gray to Monet’ exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri on Jan. 24.
The field trip complemented the students’ study of art impressionism. Through the financial support of the MAC Yellow School Bus Grant, students were given the unique experience of an up-close look at original works of art, including painting and photographs from 36 major American and European museums and several private collections. The tour inspired students to create their own original artwork featuring techniques used in art impressionism.
According to the MAC’s website, the purpose behind the Big Yellow School Bus Grant is to meet a growing need to help schools fund student field trips to art museums and exhibits, music, dance, and theater performances, which are often eliminated due to the pressures of dwindling budgets. ‘Big Yellow School Bus’ is designed to foster partnerships between schools and art institutions so students across the state can explore and experience all that Missouri’s cultural life has to offer. Photo submitted on May 13.