As we continue to fulfill our mission to bring the community together through the arts, Pajaro Valley Arts’ partnership with the schools of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) is becoming increasingly important. Our involvement with students now extends well beyond the 100+ gallery tours we offer each year.
Experience Art, PVA’s educational program, provides students and teachers the opportunity to make, exhibit and tour fine art exhibits free of charge, to learn about and better understand art, art making, and the expressive qualities of art made by outstanding regional artists. PVA hosts field trips for all grade levels, year-round, requiring additional staff, and outreach efforts. We inform schools about content, and learning opportunities; create and distribute teacher resource guides; and schedule tours, often outside of gallery hours. We offer bilingual services if requested. Gallery tours provide opportunities for students, teachers, and parents to broaden their understanding of art, medium, and techniques. Schedule a tour today.
With our recent acquisition of equipment and software, we now have the capability to expand our virtual presence, offering on-line 3-d tours of our exhibitions. Schools that cannot take advantage of our free tour program can “walk” students through our virtual gallery.
Our partnerships with after school and spring break art programs are growing. We hosted a Pop-up exhibit for Mariposa’s Art in May, 2017, and we have developed a connection with UCSC Alternative Spring Break students.
PVA works closely with teachers and school administrators to assist with the annual student art show at the Watsonville Civic Plaza. Each year, PVA volunteers spend days framing and hanging approximately 300 student art pieces from throughout the district. These works of art are displayed in the library, courtrooms, and administrative offices and remain in place for one year. An annual opening reception allows families to come and see their student’s work framed and proudly hanging in a public space!