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Gibbes Museum of Art Receives Grant from Bank of America To Fund School Tour Program

(September 29, 2008 - Charleston, South Carolina) – The Gibbes Museum of Art has received a $7,000 grant from the Bank of America to allow students from Title One schools (having a high population of low-income students) the opportunity to access the museum for free during school field trips. In order to participate in the Title One Goes to the Gibbes program, teachers from designated Title One schools in the Charleston tri-county area must participate in arts education workshops at the Gibbes and utilize the learning tools on the museum’s website ( in the classroom.

According to Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack, “The Gibbes Museum of Art is committed to developing multi-dimensional education and outreach programs that expand the concept of the museum experience for everyone. Key to this mission is promoting student education through the arts. The current financial climate at many schools makes field trips to cultural institutions cost prohibitive and so this generous grant from the Bank of America will help to minimize what has become a serious gap in arts based education for public school students.”

"These are just the kinds of partnerships that we need for arts education; the business community working together with leaders in the arts to provide teachers and students access to dynamic arts programs. This is a win-win for everyone. I want to thank Bank of America and the Gibbes Museum for offering our students and teachers such an outstanding learning opportunity. Without their support and generosity many of our students from these Title I schools would never get to visit a real fine arts museum" said Jim Braunreuther, the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Charleston County School District.

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