Sculpture Space is pleased to invite art teachers from area school districts (middle school through grade 12) to bring their art classes to visit Sculpture Space, an international sculpture studio at 12 Gates Street, Utica. An area foundation is underwriting the educational outreach program so that students will have the opportunity to meet professional visiting artists from across the country and overseas while they work in the studio for their prestigious two-month residencies. The artists will talk to the students about their work and demonstrate the creative process in action using a wide variety of materials and approaches. Sculpture Space has attracted professional artists to the Mohawk Valley from 23 countries and 34 states since it was established by area artists John von Bergen (Clinton) and Charlie Fisher (Deansboro) in the former Utica Steam Engine and Boiler Works over 30 years ago.
Artist Leigh Yardley will coordinate with area schools the visits by students and teachers. Leigh has been a Teaching Artist with the Arts Education Institute, a Program of Central New York Community Arts Council, for the past 9 years. Her familiarity with Arts intergration will add an additional resource for the teachers. The grant reimburses the district’s direct transportation expenses (school bus cost), and provides a pre-visit stipend for teachers to schedule an independent visit prior to the class visit at the studio at 12 Gates Street.
Student groups will be scheduled on a first-come-first served basis between March and May. Teachers may also schedule visits now for September and October of 2009, provided funds are still available at that time. Grant monies are limited. Interested art teachers are encouraged to contact Sculpture Space at earliest convenience to schedule their teacher visits and field trips.
Teachers may familiarize themselves with the non-profit cultural organization by visiting its web site, www.sculpturespace.org
For further information please contact Sculpture Space at 315-724-8381.