Gallery bursary program encourages more student visits

The Varley Art Gallery has been inspiring visitors for more than two decades.

Numerous elementary and high school students have enjoyed art and learning experiences led by the Varley Art Gallery’s education department.

The gallery recently announced that, through the support of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham, the William J. Withrow School Visits Bursary program will enable even more students to visit the gallery by subsidizing the cost of busing transportation.

Students will receive guided exhibition tours and hands-on learning opportunities offered by the Varley Art Gallery’s experienced team of educators

William J. Withrow was an art educator who became widely known as the transformative Director of the Art Gallery of Ontario, from 1961 to 1991.

“Withrow was also an important and committed supporter of the Varley Art Gallery,” said Niamh O’Laoghaire, Director of the Varley Art Gallery. “He was a founding member of the gallery board, he and his wife June contributed to the Varley Capital campaign, and he gifted several important works of art to the gallery.

“I am therefore delighted that the Varley-McKay Art Foundation has decided to continue his advocacy for art education through the William J. Withrow School Visits Bursary.”

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham offers a variety of programs that extend the learning experience beyond the classroom through site-specific arts education. The gallery’s education programs are carefully designed to complement and enhance the Ontario Curriculum for Visual Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies and Geography. They stimulate students to observe, interpret, describe, connect and create.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/VMAFBus.

 

Photo: William J. Withrow was an art educator who became widely know as the transformative Director of the Art Gallery of Ontario, from 1961 to 1991.

 

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