Experience Peninsula Fine Arts Center

03/21/2011  |  MIKE McGRANN
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Educational programs at Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Pfac) are as diverse, imaginative, thought-provoking and entertaining as the art itself. Education plays a key role in Pfac’s mission by providing dynamic exhibitions and innovative educational programs to serve as a catalyst for creating a stronger community.

Children and young artists are engaged in a variety of ways. Pfac works directly with the school systems and individual teachers in providing a free exhibition on Mali to assist in teaching the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) for the third grade. Pfac’s resources include an online distance-learning capability with programs on Mali.

Interactive experiences for visitors and school groups are constantly updated to reflect Pfac’s changing exhibitions. These include the myriad activities available in the Hands-on-for-Kids gallery, designed with an eye to creating imaginative year-round experiences. The Family Resource Center offers gallery activities to get parents and children interacting with, and talking about art.

Docents are special volunteers, and a crucial link between the public and the art on display. Through enhanced skills, docents are uniquely able to use the art on display as a teaching tool for visiting school groups and the general public.

Pfac can customize educational experiences to connect students with exhibitions and the arts in general — often incorporating other disciplines. One example is Artistic Verses, which brings creative writing classes into the galleries to create poetry inspired by the art.

Pfac offers young artists the opportunity to display their work in its galleries with two juried exhibitions each spring: for college students (Genesis) and high-school students (Prefaces).

For more information call 757-596-8175 or visit www.pfac-va.org.

Mike McGrann is the Marketing Director for the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, [email protected].
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