SITE / Mentor Exhibition March 7-15, 2020. Opening reception, March 7, 3:00-5:00 pm.
SITE, the School Invitational Theme Exhibition, is a collaboration between Garrison Art Center and neighboring schools that began in 1994 with just two local schools participating. It has grown to include schools from within the counties of Putnam, Dutchess, Westchester, Orange, and Rockland.
SITE offers a unique opportunity for teachers to engage students in a compelling and exciting art project while energizing their curriculum. Each year the Art Center offers an art-related theme for teachers to use as inspiration for special projects with their students. The thematic subject gives teachers a means to introduce comprehensive study about art and academic subjects that are often taught separately. This approach helps advance the importance of artistic endeavor in direct relationship to academic development. Participating classes are then a part of the region-wide exhibit at Garrison Art Center in April. The work shows surprisingly varied interpretations of the theme.
This form of outreach strengthens and broadens not only the local community but also the larger and more diverse population of these neighboring counties. Primary objectives of SITE are to expand the classroom experience and to reinforce NYS Standards for Arts Education by offering teachers ways to enhance their existing curriculum without the need for additional resources. Budget cuts in our public schools in recent years have been significant across the board, but particularly damaging to arts education. The Art Center offers focused resources to participating schools including: researching and determining a theme that requires the study and appreciation of art history, compiling an extensive reference package of visual aids, offering the use of our extensive art library along with classroom presentations and two exciting exhibitions in our galleries showcasing literally hundreds of pieces of student artwork. For many students, SITE is the first opportunity to showcase their artwork in a gallery space, and for some, it is the first opportunity to go to a gallery.
The Mentor Program was established in 1988 as a means to encourage and guide high school age students with a particular interest in art, architecture, design and/or the performing arts. The program runs annually during the winter/spring quarters of the school year and is designed for students who are prepared for more responsibility to complete an independent study project under the guidance of a mentor. The Art Center invites participation of high school students from Putnam, Westchester, Orange, Rockland, and Dutchess counties. High school students may apply to be considered for the program by filling out this form.
Above: 2019 SITE and Mentor