According to NCMA, AIM is an initiative designed to connect artists from eastern North Carolina communities with local youth for after-school programs. The programs are intended to last six weeks and will take place in several counties in the region.
For Washington County, AIM focused its efforts on sixth graders who do not have an art program in their middle school. In choosing a mentor for the program, NCMA met with members of the community to learn more about local artists. The selection panel was made up of members of Washington County Collegethe Washington County Board of Education and the North Carolina Arts Council.
“We really co-create these programs with each community we enter, and so that (mentor selection) is appropriate for each location”
Angela Lombardi, director of outreach and public engagement at NCMA
Angela Lombardi, director of outreach and public engagement at NCMA, said “the museum is very committed to improving access to creative expression, wherever it is.” She believes that art can help students understand that there are creative solutions to many problems, and while it provides an avenue for self-expression, it also helps develop social learning tools. -emotional.
The program currently focuses on eastern North Carolina, but the museum plans to expand to other regions and hopes AIM cultivates creative thinkers across the state.
Sutton had previously worked on a mural for the Washington County African American Museum and Cultural Arts Center. For the Washington County AIM program, its owners allowed students to continue beautifying the building. NCMA rented the space inside for the band to meet for two six-week sessions.
Here are some of the Washington County Middle School students who participated in AIM, showing off their masterpieces and sharing their stories.
Chayce Hunt Blalock
Caroline Parker is a multimedia storyteller for EducationNC. She covers the stories of rural North Carolina, the arts, and STEM education.