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Friday Photos: Go van Gogh Guardians

This summer, Go van Gogh volunteers visited libraries and recreation centers across Dallas to present our Guardians from Around the World program. We are so appreciative of these volunteers and their enthusiasm and dedication for bringing art education to the community. Thank you for a great summer!

If you are interested in getting involved in this fun program, consider becoming a Go van Gogh volunteer! Additional information about this exciting opportunity is available on the Volunteer section of our website.

Andi Orkin
Volunteer Coordinator for Programming

On your mark, get set, Go van Gogh!

The Rio Olympics may just be getting started, but some of us here at the DMA have been going for the gold all summer long. Former Graduate McDermott Intern for Gallery and Community Teaching, Whitney Sirois, wrote this year’s Go van Gogh summer outreach program,”Go for Gold: Art and the Olympic Games.” The program brings together DMA artworks that celebrate everything we love about the games (gleaming prizes for the victorious!scenes of athletes in action!, an array of incredible uniforms!), and it has definitely gotten us in the Olympic spirit.

We trained for this moment by looking closely at artworks from Ancient Greece. We crowned ourselves victors with golden pipe cleaner wreaths. We tried a toga on for size. We even got our wiggles out in Olympic fashion–stretching and doing some jumping-jacks, just like athletes! (And then we decided it was a good thing that Olympians don’t wear togas anymore–they make jumping-jacks tricky!).

The DMA’s Mixed Doubles painting inspired our art projects. We had to look very closely to determine which Olympic sport artist George L. K. Morris painted. Can you find the athlete’s arms and legs, and their sports equipment in the painting below? Using only triangles of construction paper and black markers, we then created our own similarly abstracted collages of a favorite sport. Many of our abstracted masterpieces were about the very Olympic sports we’ll be watching over the next few weeks.

Now it’s your turn to look closely at some artworks! Can you pair the Go for Gold collages below to the matching Rio sport pictograms for equestrian, soccer (football, in Olympic-speak!), and archery? What other sports do you see?

Amy Copeland
Manager of Go van Gogh and Community Teaching Programs

Art Enthusiasts & Summer Adventurers–We Want You!

Summer is a great time for starting new adventures—be it diving into a new hobby, taking a day trip to a new place, or just spending an afternoon doing something new to you. This summer, the Go van Gogh outreach team would love to invite you to make one of your summertime adventures be volunteering to help us bring art experiences to children across the Dallas community!

What we do:

The Go van Gogh summer outreach program brings hour-long FREE art experiences to children in local libraries, recreation centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCAs.  Our summer Go van Gogh volunteers, who lead these programs, spend thirty minutes guiding students in interactive conversations about several artworks from the DMA’s collection that promote discovery and wonder. The second thirty minutes is all hands-on making—volunteers lead students in an open-ended art activity related to a theme from the program.

What can you expect from your summertime adventure?

  • Meeting other wonderful, like-minded passionate volunteers;
  • Learning about artworks in the DMA’s collection;
  • Flexing your art-making muscles (don’t worry, we’re not all artists ourselves!);
  • And–most rewardingly–spending fun-filled hours sharing your passion for the arts with children across the city.

So, why make this your summer adventure?

Museums are treasure chests that can teach us about the world we live in, and help us understand peoples across cultures and time. (Way to go, museums!) But museums are also places that can be difficult for everyone to get to, and therefore, difficult to discover and know (and love).

This is where Go van Gogh (and you!) come in! Our program, both during the school year and in the summertime, brings the fun experience of the Dallas Museum of Art to locations all across the city, and to students who may not (yet!) know what treasures there are to be found here. So spend your summer with us, and help introduce students to the adventures they can have at the DMA.

For more information about becoming a summer volunteer, and to submit an application, visit our web site.

Amy Copeland
Manager of Go van Gogh and Community Teaching Programs

Summer Outreach Volunteers Needed

Each summer, the Go van Gogh program visits libraries across the city of Dallas—bringing free, hour-long arts programs to children ages 5-12 and their families.  Our Go van Gogh volunteers lead these programs, helping children to explore, talk about, and make works of art at the libraries.

This year we are excited to be recruiting a new corps of volunteers, Go van Gogh summer outreach volunteers, to help us bring these summer art experiences to the community.  If you love working with children, have a passion for art, and want to give back to the community–we need YOU!

Interested volunteers must attend three training sessions on Friday mornings in late May and early June. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and are asked to commit to presenting two outreach programs a month during June, July, and August.

To request a volunteer application, email Rhiannon Martin or call 214-922-1331. Applications are due Friday, May 10. If you have questions about the Go van Gogh program, email Amy Copeland or call 214-922-1231.

Amy Copeland
Manager of Go van Gogh and Community Teaching Programs

Time to Ring in the New School Year

Last week, Go van Gogh staff and volunteers celebrated the upcoming new school year at our annual welcome back party. Generously hosted by Go van Gogh volunteer Deborah Harvey, the lively group gathered at her home for coffee, snacks, mingling and a very special private art tour. Growing up, the love of art was infectious in Deborah’s family and collecting became a beloved family tradition. Today, she has an impressive collection of exquisite original works. Deborah guided us through her home with charisma and charm relating fun facts and anecdotes about each piece. Check out pictures from the festive event in the slideshow below.

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I still can’t believe that summer is already coming to an end. I guess it’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun! But before we all get swept up into fall, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate some of the successes of this busy, yet fun, summer.

While school was out for the summer, Go van Gogh staff and volunteers traveled all over the city, bringing interactive art programs to your neighborhood libraries, YMCAs, and Boys & Girls Clubs. Through the Go van Gogh Summer Library Program we taught at over fifty venues with a staggering total of 1,393 participants. Although library programs are recommended for ages five-twelve, anyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. Reflecting back, many volunteers have expressed how much they enjoyed interacting with entire families that included children as well as parents. Receiving positive feedback from parents, volunteers, and librarians has been a highlight of this year’s program. I have provided just a couple of these such comments below.

May Shen, Children’s Librarian at Arcadia Park Branch Librar, wrote:

The children were engaged in the museum artwork, made good observations, and had a lot of fun with their own creations.  I was thrilled to see how involved the parents were as well!”

Karen Wyll, a Go van Gogh volunteer shared:

The parents were very complimentary and so pleased to be there.  Both programs were a very positive experience for everyone, I think.”

It’s been a wonderful summer, and I look forward to a fantastic new school year.

Hannah Burney
Community Teaching Programs Assistant


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