About the Program
Launched in 1987 through an off-hand suggestion of a retired art teacher, Art All-State brings together some of the most talented juniors from across the state for an intensive two-day art experience. The students, competitively selected, collaborate with artist/mentors to create group installations inspired by the Museum's collections. Through gallery and studio experiences AAS challenges and inspires these participants to think creatively about themselves and the role that art can play in life after high school. Eight studio groups are each lead by two professional artists, who help facilitate the students in the creative process. The artists, who come from a variety of different art disciplines, also act as mentors for the student participants.
AAS relies on an important network of art education professionals for both support and volunteering. The grass roots nature of the program where art teachers nominate students from their schools, are involved in the selection of student participants and assist at the event can be seen as key to its longevity and success.
Art All-State is supported in part by Unum and other contributors throughout the years.
If you would like to find out more about the Worcester Art Museum's Art All-State program, or have any questions, please call 508.799.4406, x3062, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Boost student self image through recognition and encouragement.
- Bring together students and professional artists from diverse disciplines to work in a studio setting.
- Allow students to work in collaboration with these artists and their peers from other schools in the Commonwealth.
- Introduce students to the Museum as a resource for the practicing artist.
- Provide a forum for parental inquiry and discussion regarding their children's future in art.
- Increase communication among secondary art teachers by providing opportunities for them to serve together on panels and review committees, and to act as program facilitators.
Who should be nominated?
Each high school may nominate up to two 11th grade students who are in good academic standing. These students should demonstrate a keen interest in the visual arts; have imagination, flexibility and willingness to experiment in new situations. They need not be students who demonstrate the highest degree of technical expertise, but they should be students who would benefit from the Art All-State experience and may be considering further education in art.