Due to a grant awarded from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as well as the Byron Center Fine Arts Boosters, 40 students from the middle and high school were able to attend a day long trip and learn about art and nature. Luckily, the weather was perfect!
As you can see, the students got up close and personal with the large public sculptures on display and also enjoyed the exhibit of work by the Pop Art Icon, Jim Dine.
Arts in our schools is an important component to an education and having opportunities like this grant gave allows students to see that art is everywhere.
In a recent 2011 study by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the focus on that importance is demonstrated in the analysis of student improvement in schools when the arts were a central or integral part of the child's school day. When I take students to places like the Meijer Gardens, it makes me certain of it.