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Woodruff Arts Center

“ Research proves the art education we deliver improves literacy and education outcomes and closes the opportunity gap.”
Alvin Townley, Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Veteran Programs, Woodruff Arts Center

Fostering critical thinking through the Arts

Georgia Power and the Georgia Power Foundation are committed to preserving the arts in the communities where we live, work and serve. We are dedicated to causes that support local and regional arts, because those initiatives ensure the arts remain a part of Georgia’s rich heritage and help foster critical and creative thinking, strengthening our state’s economy.

Students improve creative problem solving skills through art and engineering

How is an artist similar to a scientist? Students are learning just that on their visits to the Woodruff Arts Center’s High Museum of Art in Atlanta when they participate in a STEAM guided tour and interactive workshop.

During the two-hour STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program, kindergarten through eighthgrade students utilize the museum’s collections as evidence of creative problem solving.

“Research proves the art education we deliver improves literacy and education outcomes and closes the opportunity gap,” said Alvin Townley, the Woodruff Arts Center’s director of corporate philanthropy and veteran programs.

The STEAM program, which was started in 2013, is growing each year in student visits and expanding in student programs provided, according to Kate McLeod, the museum’s head of school and teacher programs. More than 54,000 students from metro Atlanta and across the state, including 7,900 in the STEAM program, visit the museum annually. Almost 55 percent of these students who attend schools that receive Title I funds received free museum admission and bus transportation. Those students also receive Art Access “welcome back” cards that allow each student to return to the museum with his or her family free of charge.

During the workshop in the paint and color science lab, a teaching artist introduces different pieces in the High’s collection to highlight the different uses of paint and color. Students then move from station to station in the lab to experiment with various painting processes and materials, and experience firsthand how artists experiment to find creative solutions. In the docent-led tour of the museum’s art, students see how artists use resources and nature, design and structure, light and color, and shapes and patterns to create art.

For almost 50 years, supporting education programs at the museum and the Woodruff Arts Center’s Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has been a big part of Georgia Power and the Foundation’s support for the arts.