The Museum has partnered with the Rapides Parish School Board and Visual Understanding in Education, a separate 501(c)(3) organization, to introduce a new visual literacy program in our public schools and educators. We are currently conducting pilot programs over three year period in one Title I elementary school. The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching method and curriculum centers on open-ended yet highly-structured discussions of visual art.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education requires one hour of Visual Arts per week to be taught in the classroom, and the Alexandria Museum of Art is here to help you with that task. The educator's guides below provide teachers with classroom ready projects.
March is Youth Art Month across the nation. Each year, AMoA hosts the Youth Art Month Student Art Competition and the Youth Art Month Festival complete with art and food vendors, interactive art activities, and art demonstrations and more. Each year we seek local artists and art educators to join us by leading an art activity or providing live demonstrations as well as invite High School service organizations to participate by volunteering for service hours.
Rapides Parish Youth Art Month Student Art Competition
The Youth Art Month Competition was designed to showcase the talented students in our local schools. Each year a themed competition is held for all K-12 students including students with special needs and homeschool students. Teachers are invited to submit their students' artwork that has been completed during the current school year.
Due to an overwhelming increase in submissions, AMoA hosts a Juried Student Art Competition with all entries submitted digitally and a final 50 pieces are selected for the competition. There are four award categories: K- 2nd grade, 3rd– 5th grade, 6th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade and each category is awarded a 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and one Honorable Mention awards. Awards are announced and presented during the Youth Art Month Festival. Competing artwork is on display at the Alexandria Museum of Art March through April. Check with your teacher about entering the competition, click below for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach through Art Education - Camp Carter
Through Art Education Outreach, the Museum seeks to engage the community in activities that will enrich overall educational experiences in ways that cannot always be accomplished in the regular classroom. Many students who are challenged in the classroom often excel in art classes, and Camp Carter will allow students that attend Carter C. Raymond Elementary School in Lecompte, the opportunity. The overall experience for the camper is one that provides educational opportunities during the summer, builds self-esteem and confidence, aids in the development of social skills, promotes acceptance of others and allows them to experience success that will translate into other academic areas. This will be the 9th year for the program, the second (2nd) for the Alexandria Museum of Art as facilitators.
Art Educators from the Alexandria Museum of Art, with three (3) contracted professional teaching artists and/or art educators will conduct the 12 day camp which will reach approximately 60 at-risk students from this Title 1 school Rapides Parish. Additionally, three (3) college education students will assist the instructors as ‘counselors’ and (3) teens who will be rising seniors in high school from the Museum’s teen club, the Muse, will aid the counselors. The Alexandria Museum of Art is proud to partner with Louisiana Charities Trust, the Rapides Parish School Board, Louisiana State University and the faculty, staff and students of Carter C. Raymond Elementary School.