Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
608.257.0158 x 237 or erika@mmoca.org

1,500 students from 24 schools Tour MMoCA

1,500 students from 24 schools Tour MMoCA

Including the entire Randall Elementary visiting this week 

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art has long had a commitment to art education, but with the demand to visit Real/Surreal, the museum is happily welcoming their largest number of students for an exhibition. With several guided tours a week, often made possible by MMoCA-subsided transportation, 1,508 students in grades K-12 will experience Real/Surreal

“Our goal at MMoCA is to connect people of all ages with modern and contemporary art,” stated Sheri Castlenuovo, curator of education at MMoCA. “Engaging children with visual art and creative expression is important to their development. It is rewarding to see what they discover and how much they enjoy it. To encourage this exploration, we have created several free programs for children, both in the museum and out in the community.” 

All 400 students from Randall Elementary School in Madison will receive guided MMoCA tours over just three days—March 18, 19, and 20. Twenty-four elementary, middle, and high schools from Wisconsin communities will tour Real/Surreal: Madison, Whitewater, Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove, Elkhorn, Cleveland, Cross Plains, Stoughton, Wisconsin Dells, New Glarus, Racine, Richland Center, Waunakee, Janesville, Middleton, Baraboo, and Oregon. 

In addition to offering exhibitions at the museum and holding well-known events such as Art Fair on the Square, Gallery Night, and Holiday Art Fair; MMoCA provides many free family resources. Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! bring free hands-on art projects to over 100 outdoor locations and serve 3,000 children over the summer months. Kids’ Art Adventures, offered at the museum monthly during the school year, connects hundreds of children with art in a current exhibition and allows them to create artwork using what they have learned. Learning Centers and Art Packs available at MMoCA and each year guide thousands of children through the exhibitions. The MMoCA education department also develops free art programs at area schools and on-line learning resources for teachers.

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