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Diggs Gallery Featured in National Art and Writing Exhibition

July 7, 2014

The Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will be one of 16 art museums based at colleges and universities across the country participating in the exhibition Museums: pARTners in Learning presented by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) in partnership with the U. S. Department of Education.


This second collaboration between the two organizations will feature art and creative writing resulting from AAMD member museums’ innovative education programs offered in conjunction with their local schools.  The exhibit will be on view July 1 through August 29 at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C.


"This exhibit focuses on the creativity of thousands of students from kindergarten through the twelfth grade from throughout the United States and also demonstrates how direct interaction with the arts can enrich students’ learning experience, personal development and critical thinking," said Belinda Tate, director for the Diggs Gallery.


"Our gallery enjoys a long-term partnership with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System," Tate added.  "This relationship yields several important programs including a curated bi-annual exhibition of works by graduating high school seniors. Additionally, local students and educators participate in a variety of annual workshops, in-school presentations, and visits to the gallery."


"Museums play a unique role in complementing our schools’ educational resources and provide invaluable access to arts education for students across the country," said Chris Anagnos, executive director of AAMD. "Art is a powerful tool for encouraging new ways of thinking across disciplines. We are so pleased that Diggs Gallery is participating in Museums: pARTners in Learning, and is committed to fostering innovative educational programs to promote student learning, engagement, and personal growth in Winston-Salem. The program at Diggs Gallery will be honored alongside the programs at Yale, Princeton and UCLA.  We are proud to work with the Department of Education to showcase the many ways in which museum-school partnerships can make a broader impact on the quality of k–12 education in the United States."


Located on the campus of Winston-Salem State University, a historically Black college, Diggs Gallery is one of the South’s leading institutions dedicated to the study of African and African American art.  The Gallery not only preserves and interprets the art of the African Diaspora and the unique collection of WSSU, but also maintains one of nation's finest collects of public art by African American artists, including works by John Biggers, Mel Edwards, Richard Hunt, Tyrone Mitchell, Jimoh Buraimoh and Beverly Buchanan.

The Gallery utilizes its public art collection to introduce elementary, middle, and high school students to a variety of mathematical principles. Area students can tour the public art collection at WSSU and learn about geometry and symmetry.  They are guided by artist Vandorn Hinnant in creating colorful mandalas that express their emotions, beliefs and creativity through art. Hinnant has studied the relationships between art and geometry for decades.

AAMD's 242 members serve more than 40,000 public, private, charter, and home schools a year, with programs ranging from single-visit tours to intensive, long-term partnerships that include shared teaching, curriculum design, assessment, and professional development. Museums often pay for students' transportation, especially those in high-need schools, and offer professional development for teachers, programs for students with special needs, and college preparedness for high school students. All AAMD museums place education at the core of their mission. Further information about AAMD is available at www.aamd.org.


The U.S. Department of Education's Student Art Exhibit Program, now in its 11th year, produces seven exhibits each year. Members of the public who would like to visit Museums: pARTners in Learning should contact Jackye Zimmermann (Jacquelyn.Zimmermann@ed.gov or 202-401-0762) to set up an appointment.

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