University Art Museum to Use Funds for Rural Outreach
(Ashland, Ore) The Southern Oregon University (SOU) Schneider Museum of Art has received a $15,000 dollar grant from the Miller Foundation in Portland Ore. to share its exhibits with outlying towns in Oregon.
“Our goal is to use the power of aesthetic experience to provide people with joy, an opportunity to contemplate social experience, and to promote community identity through shared responses to the exhibits,” says Michael Crane, Schneider Museum Director. “We are also giving real-world experiences to our arts-management students who help run the program.”
Crane patterned the traveling show after an award-winning outreach program he created and ran for seven years at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After piloting the exhibits in Eagle Point and the Rogue Valley Manor, the Schneider Museum has received requests for shows in Ashland, Jacksonville, Klamath Falls, Medford, Rogue River, Ruch and the Umpqua Valley.
“This generous grant will allow families all over Oregon to experience and explore the incredible exhibits of the Schneider Museum,” says Sylvia Kelley, VP for Development and Executive Director of the SOU Foundation. “We strongly believe this program embodies SOU’s commitment to serving our surrounding communities.”
For more information on the outreach program contact the Schneider Museum of Art at 541-552-6245.