For Immediate Release

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The Gibbes Museum is Pleased to Announce Continued Educational Funding

Eye Spy Art Education Program Receives Funding

(Charleston, SC) –The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce continued support from the C. Louis Meyer Foundation and Angeline and David Leonard for the museum’s in-school Eye Spy Arts Education Program. The Foundation has awarded the Gibbes a three-year matching grant opportunity for $7,500 per year. “This is an exciting opportunity for the Gibbes to expand a program that greatly benefits elementary school students in our community. Students are able to apply elements related to visual arts to various curriculum studies through a Museum Educator’s lesson plans. The program is one of our most successful and we are so grateful for the support of the Meyer Foundation,” says Gibbes Museum Curator of Education Rebecca Sailor.

Eye Spy Arts is an in-school program designed to help elementary students look at and talk about art. A Gibbes’ Museum Educator works with a classroom visual arts teacher throughout the school year, creating interactive lesson plans tied to the S.C. Learning Standards and the teacher’s goals and activities. Through this program they utilize many disciplines from language arts to music. Museum Educators encourage students to express opinions, feelings, and to make deductions as they participate in these exercises.

“Eye Spy has given me a whole new dimension to explore art with children. First, the collaboration with the art teacher is mind-expanding. Second, with a Smart Board, you can make images bigger, compare and contrast, and put many images together. In their own classrooms, children can touch the art, hear music and sing about the art, and even re-create the art without bothering anybody else. But the best thing about Eye-Spy is the multiple visits: time to introduce, review, add on new ideas, and let the students express themselves,” says Museum Educator Elise Detterbeck. At least five CCSD elementary schools will be able to participate in the program this school year. “Because of Eye Spy, my students were exposed to a multitude of art styles and now we have a new respect for what the Gibbes Museum has to offer,” adds Michelle Corbett, art teacher at James Island Elementary School and Mt. Zion Elementary.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401